Free mental health workshops

Half-day workshops to build community knowledge about mental health and well-being in rural and remote communities will be held at various locations in the Western Sector of the South West from mid-June.

The workshops will be held at Eromanga, Adavale, Cooladdie, Wyandra, Eulo, Hungerford, Thargomindah, Noccundra and Toompine.

Rural-MindsThe 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.

“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.’’

Mr Johannesen says 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.

The Rural Minds workshops will be held in:
• Eromanga: 15 June, at the Royal Hotel in Deacon St from 5.30 pm.
• Adavale: 16 June, at the Adavale Hotel from 11.30 am. (free barbecue lunch included)
• Cooladdie: 17 June, at the Foxtrap Cooladdie Roadhouse on the Diamantina Developmental Rd, from 11.30 am. (free hamburger lunch included)
• Wyandra: 18 June, at the Wyandra Hall from 4.30 pm.
• Eulo: 19 June, at the Queen’s Hotel from 4.30 pm.
• Hungerford: 20 June, at the Hungerford Hall from 4.30 pm.
• Thargomindah: 21 June, at the Bulloo River Hotel from 5.30 pm.
• Noccundra: 22 June, at Noccundra Hall from 4.30 pm.
• Toompine: 23 June, at the Toompine Hotel from 4.30 pm.
For enquiries about the free Rural Minds workshops or to RSVP; phone South West HHS Community and Allied Health on 4624 2900 or email:

[email protected]

Or phone Tim Saal on 0400 104 332 or email: [email protected]