Munch on good mental health

MAKE A PLAN: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey said it’s important to have a starting point when addressing mental health issues.
Nanjing Night Net

Mental health is not the same as mental illness, and people should endeavour to maintain the wellbeing of their mind as they do (or should do) their body. A business breakfast at the Tenterfield Golf Club this Friday, October 14 will feature a presentation byRural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey with some basic mental health concepts to consider and implement.

“We’ll talk about what mental health means, and some tips and strategies to maintain it,” Miss Doosey said.“We’ll also look at how to help someone else, and how to approach doing that.

“It’s a short and punchy presentation, and there are some great videos in it produced especially for the presentation, and it’s rural-based.”

Miss Doosey said there are some particular strategies for seeking mental health support in rural areas, such as when living in a small town like Tenterfield where you may not want to air your concerns to health professionals you may later meet on the golf course.

She said people can feel isolated in these situations, but as well as resources in the community there are other options such as online support and phone services.

She said there are misconceptions around therapy, but there are online, self-paced programs thatmay not be as confronting.

“It’s important to have a starting point,” Miss Doosey said.

She said sometimes people don’t seek help because they don’t recognise that what they’re feeling is a mental health issue that can be addressed.

“They accept that how they’re feeling now is how it’s always going to be.”

This can lead to the higher rates of suicide in rural and remote areas.

In milder cases the solution can be as simple as becoming more active, improving sleeping patterns, or even becoming more socially-connected.

“You don’t even have to share your problems,” Miss Doosey said.“Just having people around can help.”

To attend the business breakfast contact Caitlin Reid at [email protected]论坛. It costs$15 including buffet breakfast, and runs from 6.45am to 8.30am.

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