Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Two RAMHP Coordinators work across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Helen Sheather and Merilyn Limbrick conduct a range of activities across the district aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.

Murrumbidgee

If you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects in Murrumbidgee, please contact Helen or Merilyn. 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 coordinators in the Murrumbidgee provide a range of education for community members and organisations within the area.

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 also conducts a wide range of education sessions across the Murrumbidgee in response to community need. Examples include speaking about depression with a women’s group and addressing community concerns about what to expect after a natural disaster.

Mental Health Information

Providing mental health information and resources to the community is a key part of RAMHP’s work in the Murrumbidgee. 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 Dramatic Minds festival in Murrumbidgee has been supported by RAMHP for several years and has been a huge success.

The Festival is a community based mental health literacy program that has been undertaken with young people in the Murrumbidgee LHD since 2008. Festivals have been held in Wagga, Temora, Tumut, Albury and Griffith.

As part of the festival, secondary school students research, write, and perform an original play, from a youth mental health perspective. The festival enables young people to explore sensitive issues with creativity, compassion and humour, and utilises an arts based practice to involve the wider community, and ensure that people are aware of mental health issues and how to seek help should they need it.

Read the Play is an innovative program which addresses the health and wellbeing of young people.

Read the Play was established in Geelong in 2006. It is aimed at junior level of sports clubs to increase knowledge and awareness about mental health problems, local services available and increase confidence and skills in guiding youth to support services.

The program is currently being delivered to under-15 football and netball clubs within the Murrumbidgee area covered by AFL NSW/ACT.

Read the Play is being implemented in partnership with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program & Riverina Bluebell.

Networks

RAMHP works in partnership with many other organisations within the Murrumbidgee LHD, through networks, interagency collaborations or working groups. These partnerships include:

 

  • Urana Interagency
  • Riverina Bluebell Steering Committee
  • Bland Shire Interagency & Riverina Communities Rural Network
  • Lockhart Interagency
  • Greater Hume Interagency
  • Corowa Interagency
  • Albury Mental Health Partnership (Interagency)
  • Murrumbidgee Dramatic Minds Festival Working Party
  • Tumut Interagency
  • School-Link Advisory Group (MLHD)