Special NDIS Mental Health Information Roadshow Comes To Wagga Wagga And Towns Across The Riverina

Mon May 17, 2017

A rural National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roadshow explaining how the NDIS can support people living with a mental health issue will come to Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 31 May.

Hosted by foremost community-based mental health service provider Flourish Australia, the information session will assist people to understand the NDIS and how it can help local people whose lives have been impacted by a severe mental health issue.

The session is for people with a mental health issue, their families and friends and anyone with an interest in mental health.

A special feature of this session is practical advice from people with a psychosocial disability who have successfully applied for an NDIS package and whose lives have been transformed as a result.

Flourish Australia decided to hold a session in Wagga Wagga given that the NDIS is starting locally from July.

Other sessions are being held in Young, Temora, Leeton, Tumut and Griffith.

As a prominent community-based provider of mental health supports in the Riverina, Flourish Australia is anticipating significant interest from people keen to understand what the NDIS does and how it works.

“The NDIS is a game changer when it comes to the provision of disability supports,” Flourish Australia Wagga Wagga Manager Kelly Ross said.

“By providing personalised funding that goes directly to individuals, the NDIS puts individuals in charge of deciding what they need to enjoy the life they want.

“This is particularly relevant for those with a severe mental health issue that impacts on daily life.

“The NDIS can open the door to personalised supports enabling participants to take control of their lives.

“There’s sometimes a perception that the NDIS is only for people with an intellectual or physical disability, when it’s also aimed at supporting people whose lives have been impacted by a mental health issue.

“This is an important opportunity for local people with a lived experience and their families and friends to hear important NDIS information and ask questions.”

Flourish Australia NDIS Business Manager Mark Cliff said the organisation was going ‘all out’ to provide clear advice on the NDIS.

“It’s not uncommon for a person to struggle with the day-to-day impact of a mental health issue, but not know that help is just around the corner,” Mr Cliff said.

“The arrival of the NDIS takes personalised and recovery-focused mental health support to a whole new level.

“The NDIS can look and feel complicated to some, which is why we’re explaining what’s going on in plain-speak. Hearing directly from people who have been through the process can make all the difference to understanding the Scheme.”

“Many people whose lives have been impacted by a mental health issue can enjoy an independent and meaningful life if they get the right help at the right time, which makes the NDIS so important.”

Flourish Australia has particular expertise in the NDIS field, having been involved in supporting people to access the NDIS since the trial of the Scheme started in the Hunter in 2013.

The Flourish Australia Wagga Wagga NDIS information session will be held on Wednesday 31st May from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Commercial Club (Gurwood Street). Media is invited to attend and participate in interviews.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: MATTHEW WATSON – 0417 691 884

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for people with a mental health issue in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for 60 years.