Help us beat rural suicide

Suicide rates in Australia’s rural farming areas are higher than those of the general population (particularly for males), increasing the likelihood of a personal experience of suicide for members of this community—whether through attempting suicide or having thoughts of taking their own life, being bereaved by suicide, caring for someone who has attempted suicide, or some other experience of suicide. The cultural and contextual elements of rural work and life …

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Webinar – national approach to mental health services

Free Webinar – “What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?” 10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015 In April 2015 the National Mental Health Commission released its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review provided “a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of …

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Calling All Rural and Remote Mental Health Social Media Enthusiasts #RuralMH

Are you a social media enthusiast? Do you tweet? Are #hashtags apart of your everyday communication? We want to hear from you! Tomorrow marks the start of the 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium in Albury, we encourage you to connect and communicate with your networks online. Join the Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium conversation: Twitter: @RuralMental_Hth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianandNewZealandMentalHealthAssociation Conference Hashtag: #RuralMH Blog Updates: http://mentalhealthaustralia.org.au/ Social …

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FIFO workers’ mental health problems exacerbated by ‘macho’ attitudes

THERE is a “toughen up princess” attitude on work sites that prevents some fly-in fly-out workers from seeking help for mental health problems, a union says. The West Australian government’s education and health standing committee is conducting an inquiry into the mental health impacts of FIFO work and heard from several speakers on Wednesday. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union state secretary Mick Buchan said in a statement there was …

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2012-14: two years down the track – the transformative power of organisational positivity

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury.   ‘2012-14: two years down the track’ – the transformative power of organisational positivity  Ms Rebecca Graham, Executive Director Mental …

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