Rural Minds is a culturally tailored program designed to raise awareness and confidence, grow understanding and ensure the information is embedded at a local level into agricultural and farming communities.
Who can benefit?
Rural Minds is a comprehensive program designed for people living and working in rural Australia by people living and working in rural Australia.
Anyone who is connected to the land or living in a rural area – through farming, rural work, a rural business or a ‘tree change’. Teachers, publicans, pharmacists – anyone with an interest in strengthening and giving back to their community!
Bring Rural Minds to your community! We provide a facilitator to present and support staff. All you need is commitment and a passion for improving your community’s social and emotional well-being.
The Rural Minds program can coordinate and deliver:
- Half-Day Community Workshop
- Train-the-Presenter Workshop
- Rural Minds for Resourceful Communities
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- SafeTALK Training
- The Roadshow concept
You can learn more about Rural Minds by downloading the Rural Minds Program Brochure here.
What does Rural Minds consist of?
The half-day 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, and a suite of Rural Minds videos to accompany the delivery of the workshop; tailored particularly for primary producers, their families and those who work and/or live in rural communities.
What materials are provided?
All participants receive a Rural Minds Program Pack.
This pack comprises: a RRMH logo bag; pens, stickers, Rural Minds cap, Rural Minds social and emotional well-being workbook, Rural Minds mental health passport, and a certificate of participation.
Once community members have completed the workshop, they will be able to participant in the Train-the-Presenter workshop, and network to assist with improving the mental health of their communities.
How much does Rural Minds cost?
Rural Minds is priced depending on location and group numbers, and is provided by our trained independent Rural Minds facilitators.
The workshop takes only a few hours, so it can be delivered at times and locations to suit the community.
If you would like to find out more about Rural Minds, or request a Rural Minds workshop for your community, contact Tim Saal, Rural Minds Program Manager
Achmea: proud partner of Rural Minds
For more than two centuries, Achmea has helped farmers protect their livelihoods – now it’s looking after their mental health.
As part of its commitment to protecting and enhancing agricultural communities, Achmea has partnered with Rural Minds.
Achmea’s generous support helps Rural Minds to deliver mental health and suicide awareness workshops throughout rural Australia.
Find out why farmers are switching to Achmea: speak to the insurance experts that care about your farm, your community and your wellbeing.
“Thank you for the valuable workshop – I feel much more confident about my role as a suicide intervention caregiver.”Rural Minds Participant, Charleville
“Relevance to everyday life. Presenters both live and video were true representations of our community.“Rural Minds Participant, QLD
“Putting the facts out there, talking about sensitive issues that people in rural areas usually don’t address.”Rural Minds Participant, QLD