REINFORCING his initiatives to address the stigma associated with mental illness and create a community approach were key reasons for minister for mental health Kevin Humphries visiting the Tweed today.
Mr Humphries toured On Track supported Connection and 24-hour Centres and the mental health ward at Tweed Hospital to "see the wonderful work that they are doing in the extremely important field of mental health."
The NSW Government is committed to improving mental health and drug and alcohol services and outcomes for residents of the Tweed electorate, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest who joined Mr Humphries on his tours.
"The NSW Government is absolutely committed to reforming the state's mental health system and improving services and outcomes for mental health patients, their families and carers, no matter where they live," Mr Provest said.
"Through measures such as providing record funding for mental health in our first two budgets and establishing the NSW Mental Health Commission, this government is taking big steps to improve mental health services across NSW and to make a real difference to local communities, like those in the Tweed.
"There are so many incredible local initiatives in the Tweed."
Mr Humphries said the visit highlighted the NSW Government's commitment to improving mental health services and promoting healthy lifestyles across the state.
"After visiting these facilities in the Tweed I cannot speak highly enough of the brilliant work they are doing in helping to reduce the stigma around mental health, promoting social inclusion and providing a practical way of dealing with mental health and drug and alcohol issues," he said.
"Initiatives like these highlight the importance of community action and engagement to improve the lives of those touched by mental illness.
"As I have said many times, improving outcomes in mental health is a community issue and everybody's business."