Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Workshops

26th Apr 2019

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Workshops -

Workplace and Community Support Skills

Periods of prolonged drought can place enormous amounts of strain on all members of the community – at work, at leisure and at home. So, how equipped are you to support those around you during this time of increased stress?

In conjunction with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and Business in Glen (BIG), GLENRAC invites all workplaces, local groups and members of the community to attend a number of free training courses that will equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to recognise mental health struggles at work, at leisure or at home, and offer the best help and support possible to those in need.

Delivered by RAMHP Coordinator, Letitia Cross, the two courses, Workplace Support Skills and Community Support Skills, will address areas such as: how to approach clients, employees or members of the public that appear distressed, upset or angry; how to provide appropriate advice and support; when to seek further professional help and assistance; and how to develop strategies for managing your own wellbeing.

“When we are facing tough conditions like now, it is important for communities and individuals to be able to have the knowledge and tools to support each other,” says Leticia Cross. “It is also important that we have the information to look after ourselves, because if we aren’t managing our own stress, we can’t look after our families, mates or our businesses well. These courses provide practical information on how to recognise someone who is struggling, how to talk to someone you are worried about and how to get them help.”

GLENRAC Landcare Coordinator, Lucy Faithfull says that one of the consequences of long-term droughts, such as the one the region is currently experiencing, is the stress it places on people and businesses in the region. “This affects all of our community, including farmers, stock and station agents, stock buyers, agricultural contractors, professional services, shops and schools,” she says.

“GLENRAC feels that by raising awareness of this situation, learning ways to listen and encourage co-workers, family and friends, and developing skills to alleviate our own stress, the district will be more resilient in future events like these. We believe this is a ‘Whole of Community’ issue and want to reach as many people as possible.”

These free workshops are made possible by the drought support funding received by the Glen Innes Severn Council and distributed to GLENRAC through the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme (DCP). The funding is to be utilised by GLENRAC to engage the community in a number of events that address areas of concern during times of drought.

Workplace Support Skills workshop. Tuesday 30th April, 2019. 6:00pm – 9:00pm. New England Club, 98 West Avenue, Glen Innes.

Community Support Skills workshop. Wednesday 1st May, 2019. 9:00am – 11:00am. Glen Innes Saleyards Canteen, 36 Lang St, Glen Innes.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm April 29th, 2019 by phone: 02 6732 3443 or text: 0427 325 901 or email: or drop in to the GLENRAC office at 68 Church St, Glen Innes.

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