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Closing the Gap – A First Nation Australian Perspective

Author Shayne Rawson is a proud First Nation Australian and a valued member of the PHaM’s Team at CHESS. Shayne works closely with his community to provide cross cultural awareness and to help support people living with mental health issues. We asked Shayne to share his perspective with us on National Closing the Gap Day. […]

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A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery & Independence

Our Partners in Recover (PIR) services addresses a number of challenging issues that effect our local population including, complex mental health conditions, drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness. The CHESS staff who provide the invaluable PIR service have an inspiring story to share. By sharing our successes we also hope to highlight the importance of […]

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Community Launch of the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection

Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection Launch

It was wonderful to be part of our community coming together yesterday for the launch of the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam! (Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection) As a welcoming smoking ceremony was performed, seating needed to be added as large crowds of people gathered at the Nambucca Community & Arts Centre to celebrate and support local traditions. […]

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Following a suggestion from my GP, I was referred to CHESS Nambucca Heads approximately 3 years ago. I attended my appointments with Mum as I did not feel confident enough to do this on my own.

With the ongoing support of my EC I was able to gain training in the Hospitality Industry and after completing my Cert 3 traineeship I was offered a position at Macksville Ex-Services Club.

I have now been employed by the Club for 2 years and absolutely love my new life. I am so much more confident, have new friends, am motivated and have money to buy things for myself.

My new found confidence has enabled me to do things I never could before, like attend Supanova Pop Culture conventions, go to the gym and get fit.

Without the assistance of CHESS who knows where I would be now? At home playing video games, eating and wasting my life away? I would like to thank the wonderful staff at CHESS who have been so friendly and supportive and have made this possible for me.

Jonathon's Story

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