26 March 2013
I place on record the great work of the Inner City Mental Health Recovery Working Party, which promotes recovery and community engagement and support for people with a mental illness, particularly those living in Surry Hills social housing.
The working party brings together consumers, carers, tenants, local residents, local community groups, consumer advocates, health and welfare service providers, the City of Sydney, Surry Hills police and Housing NSW and meets at the Northcott Community Centre. Past initiatives included the "Yo-Yo a Go-Go" world record attempt and the "Don't Lose Your Marbles" challenge, which I attended last October during Mental Health Month. It has held forums including "Looking Forward Looking Back" and worked on the "Deck of Dreams" project. The group began from a 2006 workshop looking at the social impacts of people with a mental illness living in close proximity to each other. I congratulate those involved on building community support and recovery for people with complex health needs.