Mental health is a recurring problem in Gilmore after fires, floods and a pandemic

Counseling services are a major concern for Gilmore’s marginal location, following a group of suicides after the region was devastated by environmental catastrophes.

Zane Condon, Youth Insearch voter and volunteer (Image: Amber Schultz / Private Media)

Mental health support could be a vital issue at the marginal Gilmore headquarters, south of Sydney, which was ravaged by black summer bushfires, COVID-19 isolation problems and recent floods in the region.

More than 5,000 children and young people are at risk of significant harm in the electorate, CEO of peer-led youth trauma recovery organization Youth Insearch tells Stephen Lewin. Woh. One in five children in Shoalhaven have mental illness, and more than a third of self-harm emergencies involve people between the ages of 15 and 24.

The seat is held with a swing of 2.6% by Fiona Phillips of Labor, who clashes with Andrew Constance of the Liberals and Carmel McCallum of the Greens. Constance’s presence makes for an interesting election: As a liberal member of Bega for the past 18 years, he has held the position of NSW’s Minister of Treasury and Transportation, but became famous during the Black Summer fires.

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