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Mental Health Week Expo organiser Alison Filgate, from Cornerstone Youth Services, at yesterday’s event held at Launceston’s Albert Hall.
Mental Health Week Expo organiser Alison Filgate, from Cornerstone Youth Services, at yesterday’s event held at Launceston’s Albert Hall.
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Expo shows Colony 47’s move into Launceston

By JODIE STEPHENS | The Examiner | Oct. 8th, 2014

GOOD mental, physical and social health was the theme at an event at Launceston’s Albert Hall yesterday.

For community organisation Colony 47, the Mental Health Week Expo presented an opportunity to get news of their expansion out to the Northern community. The not-for-profit has had a presence in Southern Tasmania for more than 40 years, but has just opened a new office and
introduced three programs in Launceston. Northern operations manager Elizabeth Daly said new programs would offer financial counselling and literacy support for those experiencing money troubles, help for Aboriginal families to engage with their children’s education, and support to people with severe and persistent mental illness. Mrs Daly said the organisation was responding to demand in the North. ‘‘There’s lots of pressure on parents, on young people, jobs are not as readily available as they were, and early intervention is really important,’’ Mrs Daly said. Colony 47 had one of 30 stalls at the expo yesterday, which included a Headspace ‘‘chill-out room’’, a children’s corner, guest speakers and activities such as massages, tai chi and zumba classes.

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