A NEW campaign will help provide vital mental health services to the people of Leeton.
With depression an issue touching many, Suicide Awareness has launched a new project in Griffith to build a special hospital unit that will help people suffering depression.
Suicide Awareness preident Val Rowe said the Bricks for Life campaign will provide a centre for low risk people to stay after being assessed at Griffith hospital.
"It's something this area is really in need of," Ms Rowe said.
Ms Rowe said currently people requiring mental illness support are required to travel to Wagga and Albury but this facility would support the region, providing services to Leeton, Griffith, Hay and Hillston.
"Its all coming together as the tradespeople come on board," Ms Rowe said. "People from the Leeton area are just as much at risk and will have access to the service."
"It can affect all of us and I think it's time all the hospitals helped people who are suffering."
The campaign is calling on community support by way of cash, the skills of tradespeople and the necessary items such as sinks, air-conditioning and showers for the construction of the special centre.
Ms Rowe is asking Leeton residents to get involved; bricks can be bought for $2 to support the campaign but more tradespeople are still needed.
Story by Katana Smith, The Irrigator, Leeton, Friday March 31 2006.