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Locals who experience mental illness or drug and alcohol issues, and those who are helping to care for them are invited to have their say on mental health and drug and alcohol services in the region on April 17.

North Coast Primary Health Network and Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts are launching North Coast Collective, which they describe as a ‘new vision seeking to improve the way we are investing in and delivering mental health care and alcohol and other drug services in our region’.

Hosted by highly-respected ABC journalist Norman Swan, the launch is being billed as an ‘opportunity for community members to help shape what the future can look like if we all work together’.

‘Come along and let us know about any health service gaps we need to fill and how those working in the health and social services sectors could better serve community members,’ the services said in a joint statement.

‘We’d love to see a wide range of people taking part in the conversation – young people, people living in small communities, Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse people and those identifying as LGBTIQ’.

The day will include a short introduction to the North Coast Collective followed by group discussions in which community members will have the chance to provide feedback on what is presented, have a voice in the development of the new vision and talk about what’s important to them.

The event will run from 10am till midday at the Richmond Room at 5 Regatta Avenue, Ballina.

For more information or to register go to www.nccforbetterlives.com.au

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