The Land and RAMHP have partnered to get more people talking about mental health.

You are invited to take part in next month's online Friday Forum.

When: Friday, 3rd March at 12 noon

Where: Go to www.theland.com.au on the day and follow the links

With the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on the 17th March, now is a good time to discuss bullying, the impact it has on mental health and strategies to deal with it  Bullying can affect anyone and can increase a person's chance of developing anxiety or depression. It can be face-to-face but it can also happen online. It can affect young people and also adults, such as in the workplace.

Our panel members are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:

• what are the signs that someone is experiencing bullying, including cyber bullying;
• what action to take when you or someone else is being bullied;
• where to get help;
• when to get help;
• how to talk about it.


Rachael Buckerfield
Rachael is a counsellor and psychologist with TAFE Western. Rachael's skills and experience include cognitive behavioural intervention, relaxation training, parent education, social skills training, and mood management. Rachael is passionate about mental health with a particular focus on youth. She also provides education and management strategies on bullying to TAFE staff.

Nicole Manktelow
Nicole is a psychologist with approximately 20 years experience. Nicole works with people across the age span and in regional and remote locations. As the Clinical Lead for Headspace Orange and Bathurst her focus is now on youth. She is also completing a doctorate in clinical psychology which focuses on delivering psychology services in regional and remote parts of Australia.

Sonja Peter
Sonja is currently employed with Interrelate as a case manager for the Building Stronger Families program, as well as a group leader. Sonja also works as a School Services Educator, developing bullying awareness programs. This includes developing students’ understanding about the nature of bullying, including cyber bullying, and providing students with strategies to foster a school culture based on mutual respect. The program also provides parents with practical strategies to take if they believe their child is being bullied or is bullying others.