Community Wellbeing Collaboratives
Community wellbeing collaboratives were identified in our Rural Suicide and its Prevention: a CRRMH position paper: Focus Area 5, Build Healthy and Resilient Communities, as a strategy for medium to long-term reduction in suicide deaths and rates.
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health worked to promote and support community wellbeing collaboratives, recognising them as important pathways to mentally healthy communities and therefore reducing suicide rates.
The CRRMH was supported by the Mental Health Commission of NSW to conduct a review of community wellbeing initiatives, in order to produce a guide that could then be tailored to specific localities. The CRRMH see this public health approach as a necessary step toward the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of positive mental wellbeing.
The research team worked with Our Healthy Clarence (Grafton), Muswellbrook Healthy & Well, Lithgow, Margaret River, and various Act-Belong-Commit initiatives to both learn from their experience and contribute to the creation and continued development of their initiatives.
In 2018, Our Healthy Clarence received the Premiers Award in recognition and appreciation of their outstanding contribution to the community.
CRRMH Research Reports
Report: Our Healthy Clarence Evaluation (July 2018)
Review: A collaborative approach to community mental wellbeing (August 2018)
A Guide to Collaborative Action for Community Wellbeing: Summary of Evidence (January 2019)
Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River: Key Findings (May 2019)
Community wellbeing collaboratives were the focus of the CRRMH’s third Rural Suicide Prevention Forum held on April 16, 2019 at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.