Mid-North Coast Local Health District
The RAMHP Coordinator based in the Mid-North Coast Local Health District (LHD), Darcy Budden, conducts a range of activities across the area, aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.
If you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects, please contact Darcy. 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.
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).
Darcy also conducts a wide range of education sessions across the LHD, in response to the needs of local communities.
Mental Health Information
Providing information is a key component of RAMHP activity in the Mid-North Coast 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.
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.
Darcy has partnered with Bellingen Shire Council and a range of organisations to plan and rollout a host of events for Mental Health Month 2014. These events worked to inform and educate the local community about mental health, local services and how and where to access them. These events included:
• Dundurrabin Community Services Expo and Family Fun Day
• Megan Community Services Expo and Family Fun Day
• Bellingen Youth Art Exhibition Launch
• Urunga Carer’s Expo
• Bellingen Street Stall – promoting health and wellbeing
Darcy is also key member of the Mid-North Coast Regional Aboriginal Men’s Group, which has been supporting Aboriginal Men’s groups from Forster to Woolgoolga since 2007. The group held a Men’s Health Expo from 10 November- 14 November in Port Macquarie - the culmination of 8 months of planning.
Approximately 200 Aboriginal men came from as far south as Forster-Tuncurry and to the north of Coffs Harbour. This is the first time that an event of this size specifically targeting Aboriginal men has happened on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
Darcy works in partnership with many other organisations. Often this is through networks, interagency collaborations or working groups. Collaborations include:
- Bellingen Dorrigo Interagency
- Hasting Macleay Mental Health Partnerships Services
- Mid North Coast Local Health District Aboriginal Leadership Group
- Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Interagency
- Port Macquarie Hastings Community Connect
- Hastings Suicide Prevention Network
- Mid North Coast Flood Recovery Committee