Mental health is a growing issue in many regional communities, and the goal of providing increased support was given a boost with the announcement by Community First of a new scholarship for students in relevant courses in the Mandurah, Bunbury and Albany regions.
The Community First Mental Health Scholarship will help build capacity in a sector unable to keep up with the growing demand for support. It provides financial assistance to people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and are looking to enrol in a relevant course.
“We are thrilled to announce the Community First Mental Health Scholarship,” said Executive Director of Community First, David Shelton. “When we received a generous donation from a previous client of our Mental Health Recovery Program, we wanted to honour the request to use the donation to benefit others on their recovery journey, and in turn make a difference in the lives of others in all of the communities we serve.”
The scholarship is funded by an initial donation which has been matched by Community First to provide a wider regional scope.
Courses supported by the scholarship include the Certificate of Community Mental Health Recovery (Certificate IV in Mental Health) offered by WA Association of Mental Health http://waamh.org.au/development-and-training/mental-health-training/community-mental-health-recovery.aspx and Certificate III or IV in Community Services (through local TAFEs).
Up to two people per region, per semester will be funded to the value of $1,000 each towards course fees and associated costs. The Scholarship is currently funded for three years. It is hoped that additional donations will enable the program to be extended further.
“Community First recognises that people with lived experience of mental health distress benefit from working for the wellbeing and recovery of their peers, as it facilitates recovery for both,” said Eileen Heath, Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to receiving applications from a wide range of people in the community.
For further information and an application form please contact Executive Officer, Community First on 9591 5524 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.