Minister Opens New Madcap Cafe

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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


MEDIA RELEASE


MINISTER LAUNCHES MADCAP CAFÉ 


Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today launched the new MadCap

Café in the Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Narre Warren.


MadCap Cafes train and employ people experiencing mental health problems, and

offer tailored training which matches participants’ needs to help them get the most

out of the experience.

 

Through the MadCap Cafe, participants are provided with a safe place to engage

with the community and develop their skills, while undertaking meaningful

employment.


Mr Butler said social inclusion and engagement in meaningful activity have a

significant impact on a person’s confidence and wellbeing.


“For people with a mental illness, particularly those with more severe mental illness,

recovery is not necessarily synonymous with cure and symptoms may recur or be

persistent,” Mr Butler said.


“Unfortunately, Australians with mental illness and mental health problems often

experience difficulty and discrimination in education and employment settings.


“The Gillard Government is making a significant investment in activities to improve

employment support, reduce stigma and promote social inclusion of people with a

mental illness.


“I congratulate the Eastern Regions Mental Health Association (ERMHA) for their

terrific contribution in this area, with the establishment of Barista training and the

MadCap Café concept, and for the work they do each and every day for people living

with mental illness.


“I also congratulate the staff of the cafes, who are taking a massive step in getting

their lives on track.”


The Gillard Government has provided the the ERMHA more than $546,000 over 19

months for the MadCap Café Venture Project under the Department of Education,

Employment and Workplace Relations’ Job Fund. 


DATE: 14 October 2010

MEDIA CONTACT: Samantha Regione 0418 112 688






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