Jenny Smith attended the live Q&A; held at the Pilbeam Theatre on Monday night.
Jenny Smith attended the live Q&A; held at the Pilbeam Theatre on Monday night.

Enlightened age has everyone talking mental health after Q&A

THINGS have changed a lot since Jenny Smith started work in the mental health sector three decades ago.

The impact of this positive evolution was highlighted for Ms Smith at last night's Q&A live broadcast from the Pilbeam Theatre.

"When I started you wouldn't get 900 people talking about mental health," she said.

As the mental health programs manager at Anglicare Central Queensland, Ms Smith (pictured) is part of a team helping locals with mental illness at Rockhampton's new Wellbeing Centre.

The centre hosts Anglicare CQ's new mental health programs, including one-on-one and group programs as well as support for people in community housing whose tenancy may be at risk.

Ms Smith said part of Anglicare CQ's role was to work with other organisations in the region to make sure resources were maximised, not duplicated.

"We need to all work together to hear the conversation and work with people to explore their journey into wellness," she said.

Anglicare CQ CEO Suzie Christensen said The Wellness Centre would also help people in the Central West though telehealth appointments with Rockhampton-based psychologists.

She said this would improve accessibility to services and support for people in remote Central Queensland.

Anglicare CQ Wellness Centre services

Healthy Minds: support for those aged 18 to 64 with severe and persistent mental illness. Contact: 4930 1550.

Personalised Support Service: works with people with mental illness living in community housing who are at risk of losing their tenancy Contact: 4930 1550.

Family Adolescent Community Intervention Team: provides counselling for families, children and youth. Contact: 4930 1500.

Where: 14 Fitzroy St



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