‘Let’s Work Together’ – Launch of 7th Glove Box Guide to Mental Health
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is delighted to present the seventh edition of the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health, encouraging rural communities to work together and support each other during tough times.
This year’s Glove Box Guide to Mental Health, a partnership between the Centre, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and The Land was officially launched on Thursday 4 October during Mental Health Month.
This year the theme is Let’s Work Together and the Centre and RAMHP are inviting members of rural communities across NSW to come and participate in collaborative activities showcasing how they work together with their communities to build good mental wellbeing.
RAMHP Program Manager Tessa Caton said the one of the key aims this year is to demonstrate collaboration and lift the community spirit during tough times.
“Community members will have the chance to share their ideas on large banners about how they work together with their communities to build good mental wellbeing.
“Following on from the launches, the banners will be displayed in local communities during Mental Health Month as a reminder about the good things people are doing to support each other and how they intend to support each other in the future,” said Ms Caton.
This year’s Guide provides practical information and education including online therapies and information on mental well-being tools and apps, as well as tips and strategies on how to stay mentally healthy. Readers can also find relevant stories and information on topics relating to youth, workplaces and communities.
Personal stories throughout the Guide touch on what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness and why seeking help is so important.
“We encourage people to share this resource and use it as a tool to strike up a conversation about mental health with their colleagues, friends and family,” said Ms Caton.
“We also want to make people aware of what to look out for, how to support someone who is struggling and how and where to seek help,” she said.
According to Ms Caton, securing the support of key sponsors demonstrates the importance of the Guide as a key communications resource in improving mental health and wellbeing in rural communities.
“Last year, our evaluation of the Guide showed that it is a unique, valued resource that encourages people to look after their own and others’ mental health,” said Ms Caton.
This year, a total of 38,500 copies of the Guide will reach almost 123,200 readers across NSW and beyond. An extra 30,000 copies will be distributed by the CRRMH and RAMHP workers in rural NSW.
You can view the 2018 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health online, or by purchasing a copy of The Land on Thursday 4 October during Mental Health Month. For additional copies contact Reception on (02) 6363 8444.
CRRMH and RAMHP were delighted to launch the seventh edition of our Glove Box Guide to Mental Health on October 4 at the Orange City Library.
A special thank you to our key note speakers at the launch: Mayor of Orange Cr. Reg Kidd; NSW Mental Health Commissioner The Hon. Catherine Lourey (by video); The Land editor Andrew Norris; Central West Libraries manager Jan Richards AM; Tradies In Sight’s Bruno Efoti; and representatives from the publication’s sponsors, SafeWork NSW, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and iCare.
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all who contributed their stories to this year’s Glove Box Guide to Mental Health. Your stories give others the confidence to have difficult conversations and talk about their own experiences which plays a part in reducing stigma and providing hope.