MIND the GaP: $2.5m initiative to improve mental health and wellbeing in the Shoalhaven
The new purpose-built $2.5 million MIND the GaP facility to be located at UOW’s Shoalhaven Campus in Nowra, will address the high rate of mental health needs in the Shoalhaven community, particularly amongst younger people, and will focus on improving the prevention, early recognition and treatment of mental health issues, including suicide prevention.
With construction due to commence in mid-2016, the MIND the GaP facility will bring together health care professionals, researchers and frontline support services, such as Lifeline, to create an integrated mental health and wellbeing precinct to promote new ‘best practice’ mental health care initiatives.
The initiative, which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund ($1.229M) and the University of Wollongong ($1.230M) will be led by Shoalhaven City Council and the University of Wollongong, and delivered in partnership with Lifeline South Coast, Lifeline Australia Research Foundation, COORDINARE, Nowra Medicare Local, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, Noah’s Shoalhaven, and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).
For more information see UOW Media Release