DELHUNTIE Youth Care has received a State Government Grant of $126,000 under the Stronger Country Community Program.
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The not-for-profit provides wilderness-based adventure therapy out of their Bulahdelah centre, working to provide programs for those struggling with mental health issues for the last seven years.
Rob Kent, Manager of Delhuntie Youth Care, said that their programs aim to educate local adults and youths on how to effectively manage life challenges in a healthy and holistic way.
“We’re thrilled to have State Government recognise and support the many important programs we offer for suicide prevention and to build resilience in youths,” he said.
“The Grant will help fund not only the initiatives that we run out of local high schools across the Myall Lakes, which include rock climbing, abseiling, and other physical challenges that help teach resilience, but also the other programs based out of our Bulahdelah centre.”
“In the last year alone, we’ve gone through significant bushfires, drought, flooding and now, COVID-19, so mental health should be a big focus moving forward.”
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP, said, “We have had sadly a number of young people in our area over the past 12 months who have taken their own lives,” said Mr Bromhead.
“The organisation has for a number of years ran a number of very successful programs assisting our youth in crisis.”
Delhuntie Youth Care is typically self-funded, and welcomes any support from Government, businesses, or the general public.
By Ashley CHRYSLER