Due to the pandemic, people with mental health and substance use and/or gambling issues need support more than ever.
With rising anxiety levels and reported increases in substance use and gambling, there has been a sharp increase in enquiries from people wanting to take part in a Buttery program.
In response to the crisis The Buttery is continuing to deliver its programs in line with health recommendations.
Since March, The Buttery’s community-based programs across the NSW Far and Mid-North Coast, have been delivered via telecommunications such as video conferencing. The wellbeing of people in residential programs and staff is being safeguarded through self-isolation and strict hygiene measures.
Development of a new web-based app is being fast tracked. This free app will be for people on program waiting lists, those taking part in community-based programs and for anyone who could benefit from it. The Manager of The Buttery’s community-based programs, who has a clinical background in nursing and psychology, Frances Pidcock is working with Buttery team members and a developer to make the mobile-friendly app downloadable via The Buttery’s website as soon as possible.
“We are mindful that many of our vulnerable clients who have substance use, gambling or mental health issues are dealing with increased anxiety due to the pandemic. We are fully committed to assisting them, while being aware of the need to safeguard their health and the health of staff. We are doing our utmost to prevent the spread of the virus and following all Government health recommendations,” said CEO, Leone Crayden.
In 2019, more than 2,400 clients took part in a Buttery program across a wide area from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie and west to Kyogle and the Dorrigo Plateau.