RAMHP Welcomes Cas Mastrone to the Team
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team continues to grow and this month we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Cas Mastrone.
Cas is based in Mudgee and will work closely with communities in the Western NSW Local Health District.
You can read more about Cas below.
Cas, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in Sydney, but have called Mudgee home for the last 12 years where I live with my 2 boys. After finishing uni in 2001 I moved to Bourke to work as an Intern Psychologist in community mental health. I spent 2 years working in mental health teams throughout the far west including Dareton and Broken Hill whilst completing my registration as psychologist. I then spent about 11 years working with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) across a number of different gaols and programs in both city and country gaols. After leaving CSNSW I worked as a school psychologist and with the Police assessing and treating a range of mental health issues.
What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?
I have always loved working within the mental health space, particularly rural mental health.
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I am really looking forward to working with a diverse team of people who are passionate about rural mental health.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
Watching my boys do the activities and interests that they love (playing footy and absorbing history) brings me great joy. I love hanging around at Cirque M (Aerial Circus training space) here in Mudgee; you’ll often find me in the air there. I also love walking, listening to music, and watching the sunset with my favourite people.
Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
I couldn’t attribute positive inspiration to just 1 person. I have been inspired by loved ones, some clients I have met and the resilience they have shown and some colleagues in various workplaces.
Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?
People often comment that my boys are kind and polite people. I am really proud that their dad and I have been/are doing a good job of helping them to become positive young men.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?
There is always an alternative pathway to take if things don’t go as you had hoped or planned the first time and with that alternative path you generally see and learn more!
How can people get in touch with you?
I only have email at the moment… Cassandra.Mastrone@health.nsw.gov.au