Northern NSW Local Health District

The RAHMP Coordinator based in Northern NSW, Stephen Carrigg, conducts a range of activities across the district, aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.

Northern NSW

If you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects in Northern NSW, please contact Steve. 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 Northern NSW 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).

Steve also conducts specific education sessions, in response to the needs of local communities. For example, in partnership with Mission Australia, Steve conducted education sessions for carers of people with Bipolar Affective Disorder.

Mental Health Information

Providing information is a key component of RAMHP activity in Northern NSW. 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

Steve has been heavily involved in Mental Health Month activities in the Clarence Valley region in 2014.

The planning committee focused on several local activities which also coincided with the local Clarence Valley Jacaranda Festival. The objectives were to reduce stigma and to encourage knowledge of and access to local services.

The activities for 2014 Mental Health Month in the Clarence Valley coordinated by RAMHP included:

  • Shopping Centre Display
  • World Mental Health Day
  • Yamba Fair display
  • Yamba Forum (Light Up The Darkness)
  • Stress Less Day
  • Dragon Boats entry
  • Jacaranda Thursday
  • Float Parade entry
  • Library photo exhibition

Networks

RAMHP works in partnership with many other organisations, through networks, interagency collaborations and working groups. Collaborations in Northern NSW include:

  • Clarence Mental Health Network
  • Farmsafe Northern NSW
  • Save Our Fishing Community Network