Meet our new Project Officer (RAMHP)- Elise Taylor
Elise, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I finished studying a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of NSW last year. While there I got the opportunity to go on exchange to Vancouver, Canada and study psychology subjects not offered by my university here in Australia.
I have also been a volunteer presenter for the Black Dog Institute for a few years. This has taken me not only all over Sydney (where I am originally from) but also to rural and remote NSW and WA.
I understand the impacts of mental illness from a personal perspective, which is what has motivated me to help others.
What attracted you to this new role working in rural mental health?
Mental health has been the area that I wanted to work in since I started my degree. There are issues that are specific to rural and remote areas and often these communities are in additional need of education and support to link them to help resources/services.
What are you looking forward to most about this role?
I am looking forward to being able to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness and preventing others from being affected by mental illness. I hope to be able to see positive changes in the health of people in rural and remote NSW.
What are you looking forward to about living in a rural community such as Orange?
I am looking forward to being able to be more invested in the community here. Rural communities are known for their connectedness, something which I felt was slightly lacking in Sydney.
What do you do to keep mentally healthy?
Get my daily dose of funny dog and cat (or other animal) videos!
Seriously though, I make sure that I am staying active, whether it is going for a walk with the dog/friends or going to the gym. I try to make sure I maintain good friendships/relationships by keeping in contact with others regularly and making sure that they are going ok. I also try to give back to the community through volunteering or similar, I find that helping others benefits my own mental health.
Where is one of you favourite holiday destinations and why?
Tough question! I have done a bit of travelling prior to this role and am always amazed at what the world has to offer. In regards to culture, my favourite place so far would be India but in regards to nature, it would have to be either Iceland or Canada.
What is some of the best advice you have ever got?
Mum always said that you need to look after yourself because you can’t help anyone else if you are unwell.
What do you love doing in your spare time?
Exploring the outdoors or spending time with my dog!
Do you have a favourite movie?
Hmm… probably Mean Girls, The Princess Diaries or Shrek.
How can people get in touch with you?
You can reach me here at:
RAMHP Project Officer
(02) 6363 8446