Community Wellbeing Collaborative Projects

The CRRMH advocated that in order to reduce rural suicide rates we need to build mental health and wellbeing and resilience in our rural communities.

We have developed guides and theories to support community wellbeing collaboratives. These are local, tailored and codesigned initiatives that aim to build wellbeing across communities. We see them as an ideal solution to improve wellbeing in community settings as the grassroots approach can empower and energise the community.

Community Wellbeing Collaboratives

Our Healthy Clarence
Our Healthy Clarence (OHC) is a unique model that brings community and organisations together in a constructive and sustainable way to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of the Clarence Valley community. OHC has begun to work towards their second set of goals which aim to build capacity across the community. It was established in 2016 to address a higher than state average rate of suicide in the Grafton/Yamba/Maclean region since early 2015. Click here for more information.

Muswellbrook Healthy and Well 
Muswellbrook Healthy and Well is an initiative of the Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition, a partnership between local health, social and community services, Muswellbrook Shire Council, government, and the University of Newcastle. Their aim is to support existing local services and activities, work together with people living and working in Muswellbrook, and look for new ways to promote healthy living and positive wellbeing in the community. Through Act-Belong-Commit and the NSW Healthy Town Challenge, the community are working towards better health and wellbeing. Under the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s Act-Belong-Commit licence, Muswellbrook Healthy and Well used the Act-Belong-Commit campaign to enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience. It was funded by the Bengalla Mining Company and Farrell Family Foundation.

Mindful Margaret River
In 2018 The Lishman Health Foundation engaged the CRRMH to explore mental health and wellbeing approaches in Augusta Margaret River, Western Australia. We visited the Shire and spoke to over 100 local people and service providers, producing the Mental health and wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River report. Since then, Mindful Margaret River has formed and aims to build greater access, knowledge, services and collaboration for mental health

Lithgow Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce
The Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce was formed by Lithgow City Council in partnership with other agencies following a Mental Health Summit in 2016. The Taskforce aims to bring together the expertise and experience of people in the mental health sphere, with the backing of Council, to develop practical and effective initiatives, both short and long term and to ensure the people of Lithgow get the services they need. This has included the introduction of a headspace for the community and a multitude of community events that have helped start and continue the discussion on mental health.


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