Mental health support for drought- affected communities

On 26 February 2014, the Australian Government announced a number of measures to assist communities affected by the drought.

This included the provision of up to $10.7 million additional funding to the end of 2014 to deliver community and social support services within drought-affected communities in New South Wales and Queensland. More information on what the Community Support Package includes is available on the Department of Social Services website.

As part of this funding RAMHP Coordinators are working in partnership with the agencies in their areas who have been running a number of events. 

 

 

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From L to R: Camilla Kenny (RAMHP Coordinator), Maree Simpson (CentaCare), Louise Hennessey (CentaCare), Tracy Hardie-Jones (Schizophrenia Fellowship)

On 26 February 2014, the Australian Government announced a number of measures to assist communities affected by the drought.

This included the provision of up to $10.7 million additional funding to the end of 2014 to deliver community and social support services within drought-affected communities in New South Wales and Queensland. More information on what the Community Support Package includes is available on the Department of Social Services website.

As part of this funding RAMHP Coordinators are working in partnership with the agencies in their areas who have been running a number of events.

Demand is slowly increasing with more awareness of the services in the communities, rapport building, and innovative ways of capturing data on people attending events and requesting follow up.

Some of the events RAMHP has been involved with include:

 - Full day education sessions for farmers on preparation for the next bad season, in regards to business management and wellbeing

- Mens health presentations with guest speaker and mens health specialist Steve Carroll

 - Presentations by Matthew Johnstone - author, illustrator, artist and passionate mental health advocate on 'Important conversations' to schools, the Tamworth Business Chamber breakfast and the Woolbrook community

- Information dissemination at Rodeos such as in Moree and Moombi

- Field Days, Depression Awareness Days, Wellbeing Days, Stress Less Days such as the Gilgandra Stress Less Day partnered with Schizophrenia Fellowship.

Partners include: Department of Human Services, Uniting Care Burnside, CentaCare Bathurst, Interrelate, Catholic Healthcare Ltd, House with No Steps, Schizophrenia Fellowship, Richmond PRA, CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes