We recently received a kind donation from the local organisation CMAGS (Crystal Meth Awareness Group Shoalhaven). Here is the founder Julie presenting our lovely Karen with a cheque for BBCR.
Below is some information on how and why this organisation began in Julies words:
CMAGS began in 2015 because I saw the need to bring awareness and inform the community on the effects crystal methamphetamine was having on the Bay and Basin area. The use of this drug was escalating and there was a need for support for parents, family, and friends that were dealing with loved ones taking crystal methamphetamine.
I contacted local MP, Ann Sudmalis and I went full force into organising a Q&A. The first to be held at the St Georges Basin Country Club, Mental Health in March. A group of professionals was contacted to make up a panel. NSW Health, Nina Digiglio, and Steve Swan; Gerry Moore from Aboriginal Services; Kim Crawford from Correctional Services, MP Justin Field. From that night other members of the community came on board and we formed a committee. Kim Crawford, Julie Danser (President), Nina Digiglio, Yvonne Merten (treasurer), Patricia Musio, Sharon Obrien (Secretary), Andy Leitchfield (treasurer), Beth Ricardo-Hall (events coordinator).
The Q&A at Bomaderry Bowling Club had representatives from NSW Ambulance Service, Corrective Services, and Dr. Goldfield who was trained in emergency care. A personal experience from a young man who had been a user of crystal methamphetamine shared his story and gave some personal insights into how the drug disrupts your life. The formate was changed to focus on the psychology of drug use and helping carers to manage the effects and structure their lives to cope. Both Q&As were well received by the community. Mental Health and drug use are a part of society that we need to stay diligent on.
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