RAMHP Welcomes Rachel Murray 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 Rachel Murray.
Rachel joins the RAMHP project team as the Project Officer for Training and will be based in Orange.
You can read more about Rachel below.
Rachel, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I have spent 7 years working within the health industry, as a mental health worker and also nutritionist. I am extremely passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and I believe I can do this through empowering individuals within the community by providing them with access to services, and also important information around mental health.
What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?
Growing up in regional NSW, I was excited at the opportunity to be able to make a difference for individuals specifically living in rural communities. I believe every individual should feel supported and have the access to essential resources, despite their geographical location.
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I’m excited for this opportunity to work with an amazing team to provide information and resources to members of the rural community about mental health, and the services and support that is available to them.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
For me, staying active, eating well and spending time with loved ones are all really important to me when it comes to staying mentally healthy. I love playing basketball, going to the gym and swimming.
Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
This isn’t necessarily one person in particular but many people- I love hearing stories about individuals that have overcome adversity within their lives. Whether it be something regarding health, financial status or other personal challenges, I find it really inspiring reading/hearing about how they fought to overcome obstacles to get to where they wanted to go.
Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?
Growing up I set a goal that I wanted to play basketball overseas. Living in a regional town made this extremely difficult given the limited resources that I had available. However my dedication to the sport, determination and my work ethic allowed doors to open for me. I was offered a 4 year scholarship at a college in America where I was able to live overseas, play basketball and study Psychology.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?
Be confident in yourself! Take time to enjoy the journey! And don’t focus on the things that are out of your control.