Marist 180 launches mobile mental health service

DRIVEN: Ariana Kenny, Steve Bailey, Mariham Basta and Changiz Iranpour are part of a new mobile health team in Blacktown. Picture: Isabella Lettini

DRIVEN: Ariana Kenny, Steve Bailey, Mariham Basta and Changiz Iranpour are part of a new mobile health team in Blacktown. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Health recently hit the road with the launch of 180 Wellbeing Solutions.

The mobile health unit aims to bring quality, affordable treatment for mental health and wellbeing to patients in western Sydney.

The new service is the latest from Marist180, a Blacktown-based not-for-profit that also offers employment, accommodation and education to those in need.

NSW Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies, Greenway MP Michelle Rowland, Blacktown MP John Robertson, Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali and the Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long Van Nguyen joined Marist180 chief executive Chris Gandy at the launch.

The full 180 Wellbeing Solutions team. Picture: Supplied

The full 180 Wellbeing Solutions team. Picture: Supplied

“The statistics are all too familiar – western Sydney has a comparatively young population, it’s culturally and linguistically diverse, and there are many struggling with economic stresses and other pressures,” Mr Gandy said. “180 Wellbeing Solutions aims to break down the very real barriers that prevent people from seeking help. It is a mobile service, which means that it can be delivered in the community or in people’s homes, and takes the pressure off existing local health infrastructure.”

He said it was important to get the message across that mental health should be treated with the same priority as physical health. The service also provides access to psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists.

  • Details: marist180.org.au.
Marist 180 chief executive Chris Gandy, Uncle Greg, Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk, Marist 180 board member John Cameron, 180 Wellbeing Solutions practice manager Ariana Kenny, Blacktown MP John Robertson, Greenway MP Michelle Rowland, and Senator Deborah O'Neill. Picture: Supplied

Marist 180 chief executive Chris Gandy, Uncle Greg, Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk, Marist 180 board member John Cameron, 180 Wellbeing Solutions practice manager Ariana Kenny, Blacktown MP John Robertson, Greenway MP Michelle Rowland, and Senator Deborah O'Neill. Picture: Supplied

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