Hunter New England Local Health District

Three RAMHP coordinators work across the Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD). Sarah Green, Kate Arndell and Stacey Doosey conduct a range of activities across the district, aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.

hunter new englandIf you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects in the Hunter New England area, please contact Sarah,  Kate or Stacey. Your organisation may also be interested in becoming a partner with RAMHP.

If you are a community member and you are interested in learning more about education and events in your area, please contact RAMHP.

Education

RAMHP provides education and training to individuals, communities and service providers aimed at supporting and linking community members to the services they need.

The Community Support Skills training package is available to community members who would like to develop the skills to identify and assist people experiencing mental distress.

The Workplace Support Skills training package is designed for front-line staff, in government and non-government organisations, likely to become aware of the impacts of stress and adversity on their customers.

RAMHP coordinators are accredited providers of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

RAMHP coordinators also conduct a wide range of community tailored education sessions across the LHD. This year, after a number of suicides in the LHD, educational presentations on bereavement, awareness and prevention were provided to community groups, clubs and health service staff.

Mental Health Information

Providing information is a key component of RAMHP activity in the Hunter New England area. We provide a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need. This includes information on where to access services, common mental illnesses and how to keep mentally healthy, as well as our annual Glove Box Guide to Mental Health.

Community Events

RAMHP staff coordinate and attend a range of community events aimed at bringing communities together, as well as educating and providing information about how and where to find help for mental health concerns.

Local projects

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 aim of this group is to raise awareness, promote mentally healthy behaviours, encourage people to access available services and engage in suicide prevention activities. Life Worth Living have implemented a wide range of strategies to achieve their objectives, including running MHFA courses and providing promotional materials, advertising helplines, and local services.

Life Worth Living continues to make a positive impact, providing a wide range of activities and innovative strategies to support and inform their local community.

Involvement in Life Worth Living lead to the development of a pilot project for our Hunter New England RAMHP coordinators. They have developed packs of additional support and information to be provided to individuals, families and carers for those bereaved by suicide, or affected by a suicide attempt.

These are currently being distributed by Police, Ambulance and Emergency Departments in Narrabri, Tamworth and Taree.

Networks

KateSarah and Stacey work in partnership with many other organisations. Often this is through networks, interagency collaborations or working groups. Collaborations include:

  • Tamworth, Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains Rural Services Support Network
  • Life Worth Living
  • Hunter New England Mental Health Interagency