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Wednesday, 11 October 2017


The Bendigo community will receive more support to improve their mental health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health CALD grants program.

Members for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP and Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan MP today announced two local recipients of the grants to coincide with Mental Health Week.

  • Bendigo Community Health Services will receive $80,000 for the Learning to Live Well project. This project seeks to empower the refugee and migrant communities of Bendigo – particularly the large Karenni population.
  • Baptcare Ltd will receive $70,000 for their Asylum Seeker’s Mental Health and Wellbeing project.

The grants program is being coordinated by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and Tandem, the organisation representing Victorian mental health carers.

A total of 13 grants have been allocated across Victoria, with grants range from $5,000 to $80,000 with the aim to support culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, poor mental health.

Funding is also being provided to support their families, carers, and to build wider community supports. 

Recognising that 45 per cent of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, the Labor Government has invested a record $325.7 million in mental health services in the Victorian Budget 2017/18.

This investment supports the Government’s 10-year Mental Health Plan, which focuses on greater efforts in prevention and providing better services and support for the most vulnerable people in the community.

Mental Health Week runs from 8 – 14 October and involves hundreds of events organised by individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state. 

For more information on Mental Health Week, visit, for a full list of Mental Health grant recipients, visit


Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP

“Congratulations to Bendigo Community Health Services and Baptcare Ltd on their wonderful work with the community in Bendigo.”

”This funding will improve the health of multicultural Victorians, and encourage talk about the importance of positive mental health.”


Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan MP 

“All Victorians, no matter their background, have the right to access mental health services.  These grants will help providers improve treatment and care for the people they support.”


“We’re proud to be supporting all multicultural Victorians to check in on, and improve, their mental health.”

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