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Minister launches MadCap Café

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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


14 October 2010


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.

For more information, please contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280