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FOR RELEASE
19 February 2018

Richmond Wellbeing celebrates 10 years of service with the Busselton Community

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Richmond Wellbeing’s mental health community residential service in Busselton.

On February 19, leading West Australian mental health agency Richmond Wellbeing celebrated the individuals and families who have used the service and the dedicated employees and volunteers who have provided an exceptional support service to the local community. Over 80 South West residents and service providers were invited to join the celebrations, with WA Shadow Minister for Tourism; Small Business, Libby Mettam MLA also in attendance.

Richmond Wellbeing was founded on the idea that people CAN and DO recover from mental ill health. In 2007 Richmond Wellbeing, recognised the need for a ‘recovery based’ community residential service in the South West, an expansion from their longstanding base in Perth. Setting up in a local residential suburb in Busselton, the new service combined accommodation with a mental health recovery program that aimed to assist people living with mental ill health take steps toward a living a full life.

Today, community supported residential units in Busselton and Bunbury offer a safe and supportive environment to people experiencing mental health challenges, working collaboratively with the Richmond employees and local support networks towards personal recovery, being valued as an individual and living a life that has real meaning for each person.

Richmond Wellbeing CEO, Mr Neil Guard said “Ten years is a milestone for any mental health service. We have a strong history in Western Australia and we are really proud of the amazing work that our employees do every day to support the Busselton community.

“Our services acknowledge the individual experiences and needs of each person, working with them towards living a valued and fulfilling life. We admire the strong connection our clients and employees have with the local community in the South West and we wanted to honour that connection.”

To celebrate the remarkable work achieved by their Busselton service and their clients over the past 10 years, Richmond Wellbeing held an intimate morning tea for service residents and their families, past and present, along with a BBQ lunch for key government and community supporters, mental health services and clinics.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our history in the region and in particular congratulate our team for their dedication and commitment to Richmond Wellbeing and to supporting local residents,” continued Mr Guard.

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