Southern NSW Local Health District

RAMHP Coordinator, Jennie Keioskie, conducts a wide range of activities across Southern Local Health District (LHD), aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.

Southern NSWIf you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects in Southern NSW, please contact Jennie. 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).

Jennie also conducts a wide range of locally tailored education sessions across the LHD. These sessions are provided in response to adversity or community need. Examples of locally tailored educational support include mental health education sessions for concerned parents following local bushfires.

Mental Health Information

Providing information is a key component of RAMHP activity in Southern 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

Jennie is a major coordinator for Bega Valley Mental Health Month. She is involved in planning and participating in many events by assisting with information stalls, delivering training and assisting with mental health content for promotional materials.

The range of events across the month work towards:

  • increasing mental health literacy across the community
  • increasing awareness of available services
  • enhancing knowledge of how and when to access services
  • promoting social inclusion and communities conducive to good mental health and recovery

Events in 2014 included:

  • Inaugural “Walk with Us” Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Walk
  • World Mental Health day market stall at Bega
  • Mental Health stall at Merimbula market
  • Cooma Mental Health wellbeing project and BBQ
  • Health Expo Relay for Life

Networks

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

  • South East Recovery Committee
  • Bega Valley Suicide Prevention Action Network
  • Friends of Dalgety Women’s Day
  • Cyber Strategies
  • Mental Health Month Working Party