Why fundraising for Wollongong's mental health clubhouse during COVID-19 pandemic is so important

Community support: Prof Frank Deane and Janine Cullen at the 2019 Mental Health in the Workplace Lunch fundraising for the One Door Mental Health Clubhouse in Wollongong with guest speaker Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley. Picture: Sylvia Liber.
Community support: Prof Frank Deane and Janine Cullen at the 2019 Mental Health in the Workplace Lunch fundraising for the One Door Mental Health Clubhouse in Wollongong with guest speaker Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

With mental health being a greater challenge during the COVID-19 crisis the committee behind the One Door Mental Health in the Workplace Lunch are doing everything they can to ensure the major annual fundraiser for Wollongong's mental health clubhouse can continue.

The committee led by chair Professor Frank Deane and deputy chair Janine Cullen knows the ongoing impacts of the global pandemic have caused significant disruption to people's lives and businesses in the region. And there is likely to be more change and uncertainty to come.

"Managing your mental health and that of your people during this time can be an ongoing challenge. That's why our One Door Mental Health in the Workplace Luncheon is so important this year," Mrs Cullen said.

"We are hopeful it can go ahead without any further restrictions and have scheduled the event for October 9 at the Novotel"

Prof Deane said guest speaker Katie Tonacia, of Picking up the Pieces, would inspire and inform those present just as Governor General David Hurley and Mental Health Commissioner Lucy Brogden had in 2019.

The committee is presently looking for sponsors for the annual event attended by city and business leaders that will raise funds for mental health services in the Illawarra, in particular the One Door Illawarra Clubhouse in Auburn Street, Wollongong.

"One Door Illawarra Clubhouse provides a place that reduces isolation and loneliness and creates a supportive environment where friendships and life skills are developed. It's never been more needed than at the present," Prof Deane said.

"This year funds will continue to support the clubhouse as well as provide funding for video stories of Wollongong women bereaved by suicide so that they can be shared and help other suicide survivors.

"Through One Door, people living in the Illawarra with mental illness and their families can find an inclusive community, innovative services and advocacy support.

"Creating a world in which people with a mental illness are valued and treated as equals is at the heart of everything One Door does for its clients"

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This story Plans for mental health fundraising lunch proceed first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.