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RAMHP Coordinator, Sarah Green works across the northern half of the Hunter New England Local Health District, from Tamworth to the NSW border.

Sarah is committed to linking individuals and communities across the Hunter New England region to the help they need. Over the past year Sarah 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 most about your work?

“I consider myself very lucky to have such a diverse and varied role. I travel a lot, I get to meet great people, and along the way I am responsible for people getting the right help when they need it.

It’s very rewarding to get feedback from people who have sought help as a result of contact with me and to see how their life has changed.”

What would you consider to be a recent highlight?

“The progression of the Life Worth Living group has been a great success”

Life Worth Living

The Narrabri community was severely affected by a number of youth suicides in 2012. These events led to a network of RAMHP representatives, concerned individuals, professionals and community members, forming the ‘Life Worth Living’ group.

The group works to:

  • Raise awareness of mental health issues and how to seek help
  • Promote mentally healthy behaviours
  • Encourage people to access available services
  • Support people bereaved by suicide

What do you consider to be the most important part of your work on RAMHP?

“Community education is a key component of my role – from short information sessions on resilience, mental health signs and symptoms, or the more in depth sessions such as Mental Health First Aid. These courses enable me to engage personally with people, offering the right help and support where it’s needed, as well as educate people in keeping an eye on their friends and colleagues and being brave enough to have a conversation if they think somebody’s not travelling well. The more open and normal we can make those conversations, the more the stigma is reduced.

Hopefully one day we will see people discussing depression in the same way we would discuss a broken leg.”