• Hannah Phillips

Supporting Mental Health Across the Flow Regions


Mental health issues can affect anyone at anytime, with almost one in five Australians having experienced symptoms of a mental disorder, according to national media initiative, Mindframe.

To help people across the Flow regions, we've put together this feature on the projects and programs that are working to support those dealing with mental health issues in our country communities.

NATIONAL (BASED IN VICTORIA)

Supporting Mental Health in our Regional Communities

May 3, 2018

Mental health issues can affect anyone at anytime, with almost one in five Australians having experienced symptoms of a mental disorder, according to national media initiative, Mindframe.

In our regional and farming communities we know mental health issues can often be more prevalent due to a range of contributing factors, but the support services are not always as easily accessible for those in need.


The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) in conjunction with a range of organisations is working to address the lack of mental health services in regional Australian communities through a range of programs and initiatives.

Dr Alison Kennedy is a NCFH Researcher and spoke to Flow FM's Country Viewpoint for more information, including where people can go if they feel they are struggling.


If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Suicide Prevention a Priority for New SA Government

May 1, 2018

A new Suicide Prevention Council is being established in South Australia, under the leadership of MLC John Dawkins, who has years of experience in working in the area.


The new Council will work to connect with already existing Suicide Prevention Networks, particularly those in regional areas, as well as help to create new networks in regions of the state where they may be required.

John spoke to Flow FM to discuss the new Council, how it will work on a local level, and how people living in regional areas right across Australia can seek support with suicide prevention.


If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Brain & Mind Centre to Bring Boost to Mental Health in Riverina

April 16, 2018

Mental health support is being brought to the forefront in the NSW Riverina region, with a new Brain & Mind Centre currently being built in Albury, set to open by the end of the year.


Image Source: The Border Mail - An artistic impression of how the front door to the Brain and Mind Centre will appear with a timber sculpture.

Michael Nuck is Director Mental Health Services at Albury Wodonga Health, who are responsible for administering the service once the facility is open.

He joined Anita on today's Country Viewpoint to discuss the importance of supporting mental health in the Riverina, how the new centre will be used by the community, and when it will be open to the public.


If you require assistance with mental health issues and live within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, the Mental Health Access Line is available on 1800 800 944.

Anyone living anywhere within Australia can contact Lifeline anytime on 13 11 14.

Seeking Suicide Support in our Regional Areas

May 8, 2018

Conversations around suicide are difficult discussions to have, particularly within our regional areas, where an incidence of suicide can have a ripple effect on the entire community.


However, talking about suicide is the best way to reduce the stigma surrounding it, according to Vanessa from Stamp Out Suicide (SOS) Yorkes, a local Yorke Peninsula group aiming to build a resilient community free of suicide.

Vanessa spoke to the Country Viewpoint today for more information on how to talk about suicide, what can be done to build a resilient community, and to discuss upcoming safeTALK workshops along Flow's Yorke Peninsula region.


If you need support, Lifeline is available 24/7 by calling 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

To find out more about SOS Yorkes, visit their Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is seeking help, it is always available.




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