Dianne Gill

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RAMHP Coordinator, Di Gill, works across the southern half of the Western NSW Local District, from Oberon to Wellington.

Di Gill and her dogDi is committed to linking individuals and communities across Western NSW to the help they need. Over the past year, Di has coordinated and attended many education sessions and events aimed at increasing people’s awareness of mental health, as well as how and where to get help and support.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

“There are more positives than most people see.

I have had individuals walk up to me five years after attending a course and thank me for making things better for them.

I have had a father ring several months after attending a course and thank me for changing his attitude, which had helped in the relationship he has with his son.”

What has been a highlight over the past year?

“The information night we held for the Canowindra community, with Angry Anderson as guest speaker, was a wonderful event”

Canowindra Mental Health Information Night

Di helped to support and coordinate the event, which featured talks from Angry Anderson and local service providers, as well as information stalls and resources for locals.

The information night was extremely well attended by the local community and worked to:

  • Improve local knowledge and understanding of mental health issues
  • Enhance local knowledge of mental health services and how to access them
  • Decrease stigma surrounding mental health issues and services
  • Encourage communication and collaboration between local service providers

What do you see as an important outcome of your work on RAMHP?

“As part of my role I have developed partnerships with NSW Farmers Association, the Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services and Rural Financial Counsellors, to name a few.

We are all working toward the best outcomes for farming families and rural communities.”