Merilyn Limbrick

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Merilyn is based in Narrandera and covers the area bound by Boorowa, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Hay, Lockhart & Junee.

Merilyn is committed to linking individuals and communities across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District to the help they need. Over the past year Merilyn 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?

“It is very rewarding to be able to connect with people who are passionate about improving mental health; but it is just as important to engage those people who don’t have the knowledge of mental health and raise the profile. Although I’ve seen a lot of improvement, there is still a lot to do. We need to keep reminding people about how important it is; there will always be a role for a program like RAMHP.”

What would you consider a highlight from 2014?

“This year we held the second Dramatic Minds Festival in Griffith, it was a great success”

Griffith Dramatic Minds Festival

Merilyn was involved in the coordination and planning of this highly successful event. The festival engaged young people in a creative way to explore issues associated with youth mental health, and educate them on how to seek help.

The festival:

  • Builds the capacity of key partners to detect emerging mental health issues in young people
  • Strengthens referral pathways and links people to mental health services
  • Increases mental health knowledge and reduces the stigma of mental illness
  • Allows young people a creative outlet to express themselves and learn in a safe environment

How do you reach communities in your area?

“RAMHP gives us the opportunity to be involved with and coordinate innovative projects in rural communities. We can build awareness and knowledge of mental health and mental illness at a younger age. Even though we may be running a youth project, parents will come up to us and talk about mental health; we are engaging them at the same time. And we get to be out and about in rural areas – we have the best office in the world!”