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Each year, one in five of us will experience a mental health problem. Mental health problems are common but they are also treatable.

Yet, if you live in the city, you are more likely to access help than if you live in a rural area of NSW.

Welcome to ‘Let’s Talk’.

The ‘Let’s Talk’ podcast series is produced by journalist Kia Handley and is all about mental health issues in rural and regional Australia.

In this series we’ll explore some of the big issues and incredible initiatives saving peoples’ lives.

Hear from people who have battled with their mental health, who have been through tragedy and have come out of the other side and also from some of the people who have helped them on their journey.

A HUGE thank you to journalist Kia Handley for her support and expertise in pulling these together.  We would also like to thank all the contributors who had the courage to share their story, some of which are painful as well as inspiring.

We hope these podcasts inspire you and we encourage you to strike up a conversation about mental health with your colleagues, friends and family. We also encourage you to share these links.

You can click on the links below to listen and grab the show notes which include all the links/support and tips related to the topics. ENJOY!

Preview to 'Let's Talk' series

Intro to 'Let's Talk' series

S1 E1: Talking to your GP

In this episode we talk about why your GP can be the most important person if you’re struggling.

S1 E2: Disasters, trauma & mental health

We look at disasters, trauma and how to keep yourself and those around you mentally healthy.

S1 E3: Mentally Healthy Workplaces

In this episode we focus on the benefits of creating mentally healthy workplaces

S1 E4: Transitioning back to the land

In this episode we focus on changing landscapes - transitioning back to life on the land.

S1 E5: Rural suicide prevention

In this episode we discuss suicide prevention in rural, regional and remote communities.

S1 E6: Mental health peer workers

In this epsiode we look at the role mental health peer workers can play in the workforce.

About the producer -Kia Handley

The radio producer and presenter has her own lived experience of mental health issues.

S2 E1 Coping with Drought

In this episode, we discuss the issue of drought, the importance of staying connected and accessing support

S2: E2 Rural LGBTIQ Communities

This episode looks at issues that impact on rural LGBTIQ communities and their mental health

S2: E3 Loneliness

We discuss loneliness, and its impact on mental health and wellbeing

S2: E4 Men's Mental Health

This episode discusses what makes it difficult for men to look after their mental health

S2: E5 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Our panelists discuss Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

S2 E6:Mental Health Champions

In this episode, we shine a light on some outstanding mental health champions, and their projects

S3 E1: Carer's Mental Health

In this episode, we focus on the mental health of carers

S3 E2: First Responder Wellbeing

This episode looks at first responders and what we can do to improve their mental wellbeing

S3 E3: Low Prevalence Mental Illnesses

In this episode we focus on low prevalence mental illnesses and what support and treatment is available for people living in rural areas.

S3 E4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

In this episode we focus on alcohol and other drugs and your mental health




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