Minister visits RAMHP to discuss drought support

There are a number of communities across NSW that are currently feeling the full effects of drought. Earlier this week The Hon Kevin Humphries MP circulated a media release reminding those communities about the mental health support services that are available to them.

Following the media release, Minister Humphries requested a meeting with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program to discuss the additional support the Program could provide to communities in need. He requested that RAMHP Mental Health Promotion Officers travel up to Brewarrina, Bourke and Walgett to offer physical health and wellbeing checks, and to ensure that individuals and communities were being connected to support services.

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L to R: Jenn Caine, Minister Kevin Humphries, Dr Jo Allen, Kevin Sheridan, Trevor Hazell, Professor David Perkins and Dr Robyn Munro.

Leading up to his visit on Friday, RAMHP worker in Western NSW Local Health District, Di Gill, visited the communities and spoke to representatives from NSW Health and other support agencies about what they were observing in their local areas. The key outcomes of her visits to the towns are reported here

Minister Humphries also talked about the ongoing support RAMHP could provide to communities affected by drought. RAMHP will partner with local services to run community events in March, encouraging communities to take time out to get together with friends and others in the community. The events will also provide a range of information with the aim of linking people to mental health and other support services.

More information about the upcoming events and support available will be provided as details are confirmed. For further details contact Jenn Caine on 02 6363 8428.