Free Rural Minds Mental Health Workshops

Half-day Rural Minds workshops to build community knowledge about mental health and well-being in rural and remote communities will be held at Roma and St George in late July.

The free workshops are being delivered by Rural and Remote Mental Health, with the support of the South West Hospital and Health Service.

South West HHS Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen says the workshops were tailored particularly for primary producers, their families and those who worked and/or lived in rural communities.

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“The four-hour Rural Minds workshop combines practical and culturally-relevant information around risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention tips/techniques and where and how to get assistance.’’

“The Rural Minds program is designed to raise awareness, grow understanding and ensure that the information is embedded into agricultural and farming communities.”

“It’s good, solid information delivered by people who know what it’s like to live in rural and remote communities.”

“I urge anyone with any interest in mental health, whether their own, their friends’ or families’, to come along join us at these workshops.”

The free Rural Minds workshops will be held in:

• St George: 21 July, at the St George Men’s Shed from 12 midday.

• Roma: 28 July, at the Roma Men’s Shed from 12 midday.

A barbecue lunch will be available at both locations.

Mr Johannesen said once community members had completed the workshop, they would have access to the Rural Minds helpline and network to help with improving the mental health of their communities.

For enquiries about the free Roma Rural Minds workshops or to RSVP; contact Michael Reddan from the South West HHS on 0429 122 418.

For enquiries about the St George Rural Minds workshop or to RSVP, contact Sarah McGee on 0427 220 338.