Mental health funding win

MENTAL health was one of Campbelltown's big winners when the state government community grants were announced last week.

The government will put $98,000 towards planned extensions at Harmony House, Bradbury, as part of its Community Building Partnership program.

Mental Health Minister Kevin Humphries and Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle visited Headspace Campbelltown, Macarthur Community Mental Health Service and a Beautiful Minds Schizophrenia Fellowship program on Friday to talk about mental health services in the area.

President of mental health support group Beautiful Minds, Sandra McDonald, said the money for Harmony House would go towards extending a room to create a work and education space.

"It's really essential and Bryan Doyle pushed for and got that for us so it shows his determination," she said.

But Ms McDonald said she was disappointed that Mr Humphries didn't visit Waratah House, the adult mental health unit at Campbelltown Hospital.

"They're just not dealing with places like Waratah that have waited forever," she said. "It can't be put off any longer — it's totally unacceptable."

Mr Doyle said the government understood the need for better mental health services in Campbelltown.

"What I'm most impressed with by minister Humphries are the plans that are in place for the future in supporting mental health in the Macarthur region — not only upgrading the in-patient services for mental health at the hospital but also a holistic approach, supporting treatment of people in the community as well.

"You'll be very pleased with the future directions of mental health, in particular at the hospital, which will dovetail with our hospital extensions already under way."

He said Mr Humphries had not been to Waratah House because his visit on Friday was aimed at services outside of the hospital environment.

Many other groups in the region also received money from the funding program, including Campbelltown Harlequins Rugby Club, which will use its $130,225 grant to upgrade the grandstand at Campbelltown Showground.