IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 000 or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health does not provide Emergency Services.

Let’s talk about social connectedness


WHEN: Friday 6th October at 12 noon

WHERE: Go to and follow the links


Connecting with others is important for our health and survival. Research tells us that feeling connected, valued and loved by others gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness. Close connections and good relationships with others allows us to enjoy the good times in our lives and help us deal with the challenges we face.

More people experience loneliness in Australia than ever before. For those experiencing or living with mental illness, loneliness can be far worse as individuals can face social exclusion, stigma and discrimination. As social beings, this can affect all aspects of our wellbeing. – WayAhead

On Friday 6th October at 12 noon, our expert panel will be online and ready to answer your questions about issues including:
-The importance of social connectedness and combatting loneliness

-Reconnecting with the community – volunteering, joining groups, social groups

-Building social confidence, coping with social situations

-Being less critical of yourself and others

-Where to seek help

-How to help others, and

-Staying mentally healthy


Ian Firth
Ian Firth is the State Inspector in the Psychosocial Services Team, Health and Return to Work Directorate at SafeWork NSW. Ian is a subject matter expert on the management of risks to psychological health and safety to NSW Industry and the Inspectorate.



Liz Priestley
Liz Priestley is Chief Executive Officer of WayAhead -Mental Health Association. Liz has had extensive experience with direct client services, health promotion, community development, publications, management and governance



Kim O’Neill
Kim O’Neill, is Chief Executive Officer at On The Line. On The Line provides 24/7 professional telephone, video and online-chat counselling services to people when and where they need it. Kim cares deeply about social justice, and is passionate about finding ways to lead change and make a positive difference to people’s lives.



Katherine Newton
Katherine Newton is the Campaign Director of national suicide prevention charity R U OK? Katherine is passionate about prevention and continues to be inspired by the those in the community who believe in peer-to-peer support.



Do you have a question for the panel? You can ask on the day or submit your questions ahead of time. We’d also love to hear your ideas for future forum topics.

Find out about upcoming forums and read previous forums here.

We hope you can join us!

Please note the forum is not a crisis service. If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health you can call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice. If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.



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