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Local chemist takes top spot for mental health support

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Pharmacist, Brenton Veurman and Pharmacy Assistant, Ally Gahan.

West Bundaberg Pharmacy has been named one of Queensland’s winning stores as part of Chemists’ Own’s Help Us Help Our Local Community initiative.

The initiative aimed to support Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to promote better mental health in communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It called on pharmacies to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental wellbeing in their communities for a chance to win a prize for their store and a $12,000 donation to MHFA.

Bundaberg West Pharmacy’s Director Brenton Veurman said being named one of the winners was a special moment.

“To be named one of the winners of this year’s initiative and support the Mental Health Foundation of Australia is particularly special considering the challenges the local communities have faced over the past two years,” Brenton said.

“West Bundaberg Pharmacy is proud to be part of the local community, so we felt the Chemists’ Own initiative was particularly relevant due to the uncertainties being faced by the whole community as a result of COVID.

“All pharmacies throughout Australia play a critical role in supporting their local community’s health and wellbeing.”

To promote the Chemists’ Own initiative West Bundaberg Pharmacy created a display highlighting how the pharmacy was partnering with Chemists’ Own to support the Mental Health Foundation of Australia.

As part of the partnership, the annual Chemists’ Own Help Us Help Our Local Community initiative was dedicated to supporting MHFA and breaking the stigma around mental health at a grassroots level.

You can find out more about West Bundaberg Pharmacy here.

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