Esso helping to break down barriers and build connections in Gippsland

Esso Australia is helping to break down barriers and build connections for people experiencing mental illness in Sale by supporting Barrier Breakers.
Barrier Breakers is a mental health advocacy organization working to improve the quality of life of people who experience mental illness in the Gippsland region. This involves working directly with individuals experiencing difficulties in accessing services, wanting assistance with administration or paperwork, or looking for impartial information about mental health services available in Gippsland.

Gayle Vinall, CEO of Barrier Breakers said that the funding provided by Esso will enable Barrier Breakers to establish a much-needed Mental Health Advocacy Service in the Sale community.

“Barrier Breakers seeks to re-connect people with a mental illness and their families back into the community by assigning trained advocates to work with them directly on practical solutions to the issues they are experiencing,” said Gayle.

“We are very grateful for the funding provided by Esso, which will enable us to carry out this important work in the community.”

Longford Plants Manager, Kartik Garg, said that the company valued the important work of community advocates like Barrier Breakers, especially in times of crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic, and was proud to be part of bringing the much-needed service to Sale.

“Mental illness impacts on all sectors of the community, regardless of age, gender or socio-economic status,” said Kartik.

“The current COVID-19 restrictions on our social interactions are no-doubt having a negative impact on people’s health and well-being and adding stress to many local families and community members.

“As a member of the Sale community myself, like many of our workforce, I am very pleased to be supporting Barrier Breakers to help locals experiencing mental illness and their families build connections and get access to the services they need,” said Kartik.

The support provided to Barrier Breakers was provided through Esso’s community contributions program, which funds a wide-range of projects and organisations in the Gippsland region, with a focus on health, education and the environment.