Promoting Individual and Community Health and Social Wellbeing
Healthy communities are happy communities! Access to local services to support both physical and mental wellbeing are critical, but in rural and remote communities, that often means leaving town.
FRRR is pleased to support projects that promote physical and mental health, access to infrastructure and support needed to live well locally, assist community cohesion and engagement and promoting community safety.
Goldfield girls strike self-esteem gold
The Goldfields in WA has one of the highest suicide rates in Australia. With persistent, intergenerational drug and alcohol abuse, there are few opportunities for young people to receive self-development and leadership experiences.
Tjupan Ngalia Land Council Aboriginal Corporation received a $5,000 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by Kapikarnpi Community Fund, to support the inaugural Goldfields Girls program.
Based on the successful Indigenous young women’s program, Kimberley Girl, young women aged 16-25 were given five days of personal and professional workshops around self-esteem, public speaking, sexual health, nutrition and wellbeing. The aim was to help them realise their self-worth, gain confidence to dream big and empower them to set and reach goals.
It culminated in the Goldfields Girl fashion parade, where they could put their new skills into practice. Breanna Taylor, a 24-year-old from Leonora, was crowned the winner and is now the ambassador for girls around the Goldfields area.
Breanna, who lost her brother to suicide, said she would focus on a stronger mental health program and teach kids about feelints. “It’s ok to be sad, we all have bad days but we don’t have bad lives,”* said Breanna.
Taisharn Ryan, Goldfields Girl second runner up explained: “I was really shy and didn’t want to do it, but they encouraged me to join. We’ve learnt how to overcome adversity, how we feel about our bodies and self-esteem, and how to deal with our issues.”*
*Source: GWN7 News
Take a plate and check on your mate
Northern Tasmania was affected by floods in 2016. The area was already dealing with other challenges, all of which has affected people’s mental and physical health. ‘Talk About it. Save Your Bacon’ is run by Rural Health Tasmania and funded through a Tailored Grant. The grant supported two events addressing mental health and services that help build connectedness and resilience.
The first was the Circular Head Youth Fest, held for over 450 students at the Smithton High School. Tasmanian Voice finalist, Matthew Garwood, spoke about the importance of family, peer networks and school services to support stress, anxiety and depression.
The Redpa Football Club, hosted the second event, which encouraged community members to keep tabs on each other to help prevent suicides, especially among men, who often don’t speak about these matters. Sadly, the community had lost two men to suicide the week prior to the event. The night went ahead, and featured Young Australian of the year Mitch McPherson, who lost his brother to suicide. Nearly 100 people attended the health checks and a good discussion was held.
To read more great stories on promoting individual and community health and social wellbeing projects, click through to the full Annual Review.