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RAMHP welcomes Sonia Cox to the team

A warm welcome to Sonia Cox who has recently joined the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team.  Sonia will be working across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and is based in Lithgow. You can read more about her story below.

Sonia, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a wife and mother of three children. I have grown up on the land and been through all the challenges this represents. I have worked in community services and health in the Lithgow Local Government Area for just shy of thirty years and I am very passionate about mental health and wellbeing.

 

What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?

I love the land and all the challenges it represents. The fact that it is a rurally based position was the biggest drawcard for me. I was also excited that I would be working within my local community, alongside my local farmers and with the most remote communities within my local government area. I want to give back to our farmers by being there to offer support and listen.

What are you looking forward to most about working with the RAMHP team?

RAMHP embodies all I value by making sure people in rural and remote NSW know who to turn to for the services they need and to be supported in accessing these services.

I am especially looking forward to getting out and about in my local area and having the opportunity to talk with, listen to and support those most in need.

What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?

I head to the family property as much as possible, I love the sense of freedom and belonging it gives me. I love to paint and draw. I enjoy gardening and baking, getting involved in my children’s interests and spending time with my family immediate and extended. I also love to go to the movies when I can.

Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?

My parents. They have always been a constant source of support and encouragement and a wonderful example of resilience in the face of adversity.

 Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?

My marriage and my three children.

If you had a chance to talk to your 10-year-old self, what would you say?

Don’t waste too much time on people who do not cherish you and stop to admire the little things in life no matter how busy you are.

How can people get in touch with you?

Email: sonia.cox@health.nsw.gov.au or call 0448 125 676.

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