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Narrabri people are tough … but are they tough enough?

‘Are Narrabri people tough enough?’ is the question being posed by ‘Tough Enough’ a Narrabri mental fitness project being implemented in Narrabri over the next six weeks.

The project aims to increase mental health knowledge, reduce stigma around help-seeking behaviour and create a positive culture around pro-actively managing our mental health. Local Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinator Letitia Cross said Narrabri people, being country people are generally a tough bunch; strong, resilient and hardy.

“It’s a running joke that country people are that tough they rust,” Letitia said.

“However, we also know that working in a tough and demanding environment, can be challenging particularly when it comes to looking after ourselves, managing our stress and asking for help when we struggle,” she said.

As part of the project, participants are provided with a challenge each week around issues such as ‘Are you tough enough to: Look after yourself? Notice the signs? Talk about it? Stand up for your mates? Encourage someone to help? Ask for help yourself?

“It’s exciting to be a part of ‘Tough Enough’ as it’s a whole of community awareness and education project that is driven from locally identified community need,” Letitia said.

The ‘Tough Enough’ project is facilitated by RAMHP and Highway to Well in collaboration with partners including Gotcha4Life and Tomorrow Man / Tomorrow Woman, Narrabri High School, Narrabri Rugby Club, Narrabri Soccer Club, Women’s Shed, Narrabri Country University Centre and local service organisations.

The ‘Tough Enough’ project increases awareness and knowledge by delivering the following:

  • Information on how to look after yourself, help available and seeking-help through social media and print-media
  • A community evening with Gus Worland, radio /TV personality, Founder of Gotcha4life and host of the ABC three-part documentary on Men’s Mental Health – Man Up. Gus champions the idea of mental fitness, building the social and emotional muscle and the resilience required to deal better with the challenges that life throws at us
  • Targeted Tomorrow Man / Woman workshops with Narrabri High School and four community groups which tackle stereotypes and culture that restrict our potential
  • Education and training through Community Support Skills and Mental Health First Aid

‘There are lots of points that community members can get involved and we look forward to Narrabri showing us they are tough enough!’ Letitia said.

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