NEW Glove Box Guide connects rural communities and encourages conversation
Date: October 9, 2017
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is proud to present the sixth edition of the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health connecting rural communities and encouraging conversations.
This year’s Glove Box Guide to Mental Health, a partnership between the CRRMH, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and The Land was officially launched on Thursday, 5 October during mental health month.
A major sponsor of this year’s Guide is SafeWork NSW.
According to the Director of the Centre, Professor David Perkins, securing SafeWork NSW as the key sponsor demonstrates the importance of the Guide as a key communications tool in improving mental health and wellbeing in rural communities.
“Each year the Guide continues to get positive feedback from rural communities that it plays a big part in raising awareness about mental wellbeing and reduces the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean said the NSW Government was committed to addressing the challenge of mental health in rural workplaces.
“Whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, everyone has the right to a safe and healthy workplace,” Mr Kean said.
“Ensuring there are resources and support networks for rural workers at risk of work-related mental illness is vital to improving mental health and wellbeing in rural communities.”
Ambassador for this year’s Guide, former Wallaby Clyde Rathbone is also keen to share messages of hope and encouragement. Having had his own personal experience, Clyde is a big advocate of raising awareness about mental health issues and encouraging people to look after their own mental wellbeing.
You can read more about Clyde’s story in this year’s Guide
The Guide’s theme for this year is Let’s Talk encouraging conversation in rural communities.
“I hope that this resource inspires and encourages you to strike up a conversation about mental health with your colleagues, friends and family,” said Professor Perkins
“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,” he said
Personal stories touch on what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness and why seeking help is so important.
The Guide also 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.
This year, a total of 43,000 copies of the Guide will reach almost 102,670 readers across NSW and beyond. An extra 25,000 copies will be distributed by the CRRMH and RAMHP workers in rural NSW.
“I encourage everyone to take the time to read this Guide and share it with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Let’s keep the conversations going,” said Professor Perkins.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Orange launch of the 2017 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health.
In particular we would like to thank our partner The Land, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program – RAMHP, our sponsor SafeWork NSW, LikeMind Orange for hosting the launch as well as the following key note speakers: Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies MP (video), Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Hon Matt Kean (video), Mayor of Orange Cr Reg Kidd, Tony Williams from SafeWork NSW, Editor of The Land Andrew Norris, Psychiatrist Dr Nicholas Burns and Glenn Constable from Bedgerabong.
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the constributors in the Guide who have had the courage to share their stories some of which are painful as well as inspiring.
Your stories give others the confidence to have difficult conversations and talk about their own experience, reducing stigma and providing hope.