Introducing Research Assistant, Grace Hopkins
Grace, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m 22 years old and in April this year I graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology). I lived in Armidale for the three years while I was at university. My family live in Orange, and I have been lucky enough to have grown up and lived here for most of my life.
What attracted you to this new role working in rural mental health?
I have always had an interest in mental health. During university I gravitated towards subjects that would allow me to learn more about mental health, its history, causes and types of mental illnesses. The role of Research Assistant will give me the opportunity to learn as much as I can about mental health, while making a contribution to the important research, programs and work the CRRMH does in rural communities across New South Wales.
What are you looking forward to most about this role?
I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about mental health, especially within a rural context. There are so many factors that are unique to rural communities, which can have an effect on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, especially during periods of drought. I’m looking forward to seeing positive changes in rural communities that stem from the various programs, resources and partnerships that the CRRMH provides. I really enjoy being a part of a team and working in a team environment. So far, I have enjoyed learning from my colleagues and hearing about their experiences and perspectives on current affairs, debated topics and matters surrounding rural mental health.
What do you do to keep mentally healthy?
I really enjoy staying active and fit. Exercise can have such a positive impact on your mental state. Going for a walk or a run can help you clear you mind and have a fresh outlook, especially if you’ve had a bad day.
Where is one of you favourite holiday destinations and why?
North Queensland, around Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, especially during April when it’s not too hot and muggy, or too cold.
What is some of the best advice you have ever got?
Nothing worth doing is ever easy
What do you love doing in your spare time?
When I’m at home I really enjoy trying the different restaurants, cafes and local shopping spots that are open in and around Orange. I also enjoy going on walks around Mt Canobolas and spending time with friends and family. When I have a spare weekend, I love going to visit my friends from school and university.
Do you have a favourite movie?
Mamma Mia and the Harry Potter movies.
You can contact Grace on 6363 8423 or Grace.firstname.lastname@example.org