Our Programs

Mental Health Programs

The RRMH’s charter draws focus on the three major population sectors in rural and remote Australia – the mining and resources sector, the agricultural sector and Indigenous Australia. The Centre builds integrated prevention services to achieve sustainable, resilient and healthier outcomes for all who live and work in rural and remote Australia.

Rural Minds

Rural Minds is a comprehensive program designed to raise awareness, grow understanding and ensure that the information is embedded into agricultural communities.

Rural Minds is a ‘train-the-facilitator’ workshop in which community members are provided with information, understanding, materials and the confidence for them to deliver the mental health and well-being workshop.

The 2 ½ hour Rural Minds workshop combines practical, culturally-relevant information around risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention tips/techniques and where and how to get assistance. Including compelling accounts of mental health issues from those involved in the agricultural sector, Rural Minds is tailored particularly for primary producers, their families and those who work and/or live in rural communities.

 

Deadly Thinking

Deadly Thinking is a social and emotional well-being and suicide prevention workshop designed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people.

In the context of cultural sensitivity, the one-day Deadly Thinking workshop addresses a wide range of topics including anxiety and depression, drug abuse (in particular ice), alcohol abuse and suicide. Importantly, Deadly Thinking is focused on pathways to help.

For key community members natural helpers and elders, RRMH delivers a two-day Train the Trainer workshop, in which trainees learn to deliver the Deadly Thinking program.

By assuming a leadership role, trainees greatly extend the scope and sustainability of the program as well as the long term effectiveness of protective strategies in the community.

Resource Minds

Isolation from family and friends, shift work, fly-in/fly-out and drive-in/drive-out rosters, relationship or financial stresses, misuse of alcohol and drugs, environmental extremes and dangerous workplaces can and do often contribute to compromised mental health and, in extreme cases, suicide.

Resource Minds aims to raise awareness and understanding, recognize problems in themselves, family and workmates and encourage everyone to take responsibility for their own mental health, talk to someone and seek help early.

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