A scene from the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.
THE State Government last week announced about $1 million toward mental health support services for communities impacted by Cyclone Yasi.
The Tully Community Support Centre received $728,000 to employ three full time staff, including an Indigenous support officer, to provide counseling and personal support to locals impacted by Yasi.
$213,000 was provided to the Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland to establish a Cairns Mental Health Carers’ Support Hub.
The Queensland farmers' Federation (QFF) said it has welcomed this commitment toward ensuring the overall health and wellbeing of communities, which is just as important as ensuring infrastructure and businesses are rebuilt.
QFF is in the process of preparing a DVD for Far North Queensland farmers post-Cyclone Yasi, which will feature various aspects of the recovery, including information on mental health. More information will be available later this year through the QFF Weekly Bulletin and www.qff.org.au