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The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) Victoria ticked off all the boxes for connectedness, resilience, positivity and support through its latest initiative. They’ve been delivering hundreds of meals to people doing it tough in Melbourne during COVID- 19, stage 4 restrictions.

Volunteers and members of MHFA have delivered nearly 300 vegetarian meals a day for the past fortnight to those in need. This was achieved in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Salvation Army and the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

”We are overwhelmed by the support of the community, with many volunteers within various community groups offering their time and support in-kind and financially,’’ said Chairperson Vasan Srinivasan, who is also on the Board of Mental Health Foundation of Australia.

The MHFA, established in Victoria in 1930, is the oldest Mental Health Association in Australia. This group comprises of people from diverse backgrounds and it supports professionals, patients, carers, as well as those directly affected by mental illness.

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Vasan Srinivasan, Chairperson of MHFA.

According to Vasan, the MHFA helpline receives a considerable number of calls from people needing help as anxiety is rising alarmingly during the pandemic.

“Joblessness, homelessness and depression rates are climbing. In some instances three generations are forced to live under one roof and not everyone is able to balance things in such situations. There are many challenges being faced in the mental health space,” he told Indian Link.

According to him, MHFA is one of the true grass roots, community based organisations that will continue playing its part by reaching out to communities and individuals in a way that is positive and free of stigma. 

“With this meal delivery initiative we are celebrating the joy of working together towards serving the community,” claimed Vasan, however he wasn’t impressed with the overall funding provided by the Government to MHFA.

“I am very disappointed with the lack of funding provided to us, especially when you look at all the work we are putting in. The funds tend to go to larger organisations, but I can’t see what exactly they are doing with those funds.”

MHFA Victoria supports the community during Melb lockdown

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