Jennie Keioskie

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Jennie Keioskie and her dogRAMHP Coordinator Jennie Keioskie, covers the Southern Local Health District which extends from the Southern Tablelands to the Far South Coast and across the Monaro.

Jennie is committed to linking individuals and communities across Southern NSW to the help they need. Over the past year Jennie 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 do you think is an important aspect of RAMHP’s work in your area?

“While there is still a lot of work to do in de-stigmatising mental illness, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who openly discuss their mental health issues and encourage others to seek help for themselves. I would like to think that RAMHP is partly responsible for this and this will only increase into the future.”

What would you consider a recent highlight?

“Bega Valley Mental Health Month is always a fantastic way to reach communities and talk about mental health and how to seek help.”

Bega Valley Mental Health Month

Jennie is a major coordinator for the month, involved in planning and participating in many events by assisting with information stalls, delivering training and assisting with mental health content for promotional materials.

The range of events across the month work towards:

  • increasing mental health literacy across the community
  • increasing awareness of available services
  • enhancing knowledge of how and when to access services
  • promoting social inclusion and communities conducive to good mental health and recovery

What do you find enjoyable about your work?

“I have been privileged to be able to witness a profound change in not only the physical landscape with the South East experiencing one of the best years ever, but also in terms of people’s openness when discussing mental health issues”