RAMHP welcomes Alex Grantham to the team
We are thrilled to welcome Alex Grantham to the team. Alex joins us as the latest RAMHP coordinator in the Northern NSW area, based in Lismore. She is a dog lover and avid writer, and comes from an impressive background in community services, regional development and research. Read on to learn more about Alex.
Alex, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I live in Lismore and have 2 beautiful dogs. I love to write short stories and enter competitions. I have one win under my belt so I keep at it. I have a background in media production, community services (frontline and management), regional development, business consultancy, research and training.
What attracted you to this role working in the rural mental health space?
I’ve previously worked in rural mental health research and disaster recovery. The response of the community in Lismore after the 2017 flood indicated that people were unaware of the services available for mental health in the region. When the RAMHP role was advertised I saw an opportunity to promote mental health services and link individuals to services. It’s very exciting to be actioning some of the recommendations the research provided.
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I’m most looking forward to community engagement and collaborating with services so that individuals and communities feel more connected and empowered around their mental health.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
I love walking my dogs and chatting with all the people walking past. When I get home I realise I’ve been smiling for an hour and that changes my whole day. I love writing and can lose hours creating new characters and situations that take on a world of their own. Connecting with friends is another great way to keep myself laughing and checking in with myself and others.
Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
My aunt was a Sisters of Charity nun and she made amazing health pathways for men affected by HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Her determination and tenacity gave dignity to those men suffering and to their families. She inspired me to always listen to someone else’s story because that’s where the magic of connection creates true healing.
Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?
I was first in my family to graduate from university. I started my first degree when I was 26 years old. I supported myself through it and discovered I loved learning. I’m a lifelong learner and looking forward to graduating from my Masters in Social Work at the end of this year.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10-year-old self – what would you say?
Play, dance, laugh, swim, write and read as much as you can for as long as you can. Always dream. Always speak up for others. Always believe in yourself. Always love your wonderful self. 😊
How can people get in touch with you?
Alexandra.Grantham@health.nsw.gov.au or 0428 886 752