MORE ACTION: Mother and Son Margret and Andrew Baker want more practical mental health support for the region.
MORE ACTION: Mother and Son Margret and Andrew Baker want more practical mental health support for the region. Eliza Wheeler

Family say it's time to help with mental health issues

MOTHER and son Margaret and Andrew Baker have both experienced mental health issues first hand, and say the Government should provide more funding for prevention and practical services.

Maryborough man Andrew Baker has lived with depression most of his life, and has experienced how the health system has changed its ways of treating mental health.

"I've seen people on the Fraser Coast get sent up to Bundaberg for treatment because it wasn't available here," Andrew said.

"That really displaces people at a time when they are most vulnerable and need to build a trusting relationship with their support network."

His mother Margaret spent the last two years campaigning and petitioning for more beds to be funded for the mental health ward of Maryborough's main hospital, to provide more help for families like her own.

While this is a cause Margaret feels very strong about, she said more beds and better treatment was "just a band-aid" over a broader issue, and would like to see the Government spend more money on education and counselling.

"So people don't end up needing those beds," Margaret said.

"For a lot of people, but not all of them, there are triggers like alcohol or drugs or their environment that cause them to become sick; it doesn't just happen.

"Yes, we do need more beds and better hospital wards, but it's about stopping people from getting to that point first."


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