Kate Arndell

Kate Arndell

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RAMHP Coordinator, Kate Arndell, works across the Hunter New England Local Health District, Thursday and Friday each week.

Kate is committed to linking individuals and communities across the Hunter New England region to the help they need. Over the past year Kate 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 enjoy about working on RAMHP?

“RAMHP enables me to work on worthwhile programs with rural communities. I love being able to work with people around their mental health and encourage them to approach their mental health in the same way they approach their physical health.”

What would you consider a highlight from the past year?

“Our work in helping those affected by drought has been particularly rewarding”

Hunter New England Drought Assistance

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

As part of this funding our Hunter New England RAMHP Coordinators are working in close partnership with the agencies in their areas to run a number of events.

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 mental health and wellbeing
  • Men’s health presentations with guest speaker Steve Carroll
  • Presentations by Matthew Johnstone - author, illustrator, artist and passionate mental health advocate - on 'Important conversations'
  • Mental health information dissemination at Rodeos in Moree and Moombi

What do you think is important about working in rural and remote NSW?

“Families and communities in rural Australia are resilient, but we need to look after our mental health and wellbeing and learn that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness.

I encourage people to seek help and also keep a close eye on friends and family.

It can be as simple as asking “are you okay?”