Camilla Kenny

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RAMHP Coordinator, Camilla Kenny, works across the northern half of Western Local Health District, from Dubbo to Goodooga.

Camilla KennyCamilla is committed to linking individuals and communities across Western NSW to the help they need. Since starting with RAMHP in May, Camilla has travelled far across the district to connect with communities and provide information and education aimed at increasing people’s awareness of mental health, as well as how and where to get help and support.

Why did you choose to work with RAMHP?

“RAMHP seemed like the perfect opportunity to pair my love of the land with my passion for mental health.

I love the diversity of RAMHP, allowing us to connect with rural communities and partner with other organisations in a variety of ways to promote mental health and pathways to local services.”

What would you consider a highlight from 2014?

“Mental health education sessions held across the Walgett area were definitely a highlight for 2014”

Walgett area Mental Health Education Sessions

Camilla coordinated 4 sessions for rugby league club members and communities across the area, supported by Black Dog Institute, National Rugby League and local services. The sessions educated attendees on mental health and wellbeing, as well as how and where to get help in their local areas, and many took information resources to share with their friends, families, schools and communities.

The sessions had fantastic attendance rates and received a great deal of positive feedback, including:

  • “I’m not the only one who got help after the session, the whole team benefited” – senior player
  • “This information has ten out of ten importance to our community!” – senior player
  • “I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of presentations and this was the best and most relevant mental health presentation I’ve seen” – local police officer
  • “I learnt you can always have a yarn to somebody” – senior player

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

“It’s so rewarding seeing the light-bulb moment when somebody truly understands your explanation of mental health, or hearing your work has assisted at least one person to seek help for themselves or a family member.”