CCI Giving and FRRR announce five-year partnership to support mental health in rural Australia

Bendigo, 23 May 2018: CCI Giving and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have entered into a five-year partnership to support mental health in rural, regional and remote communities.

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The primary focus will be a grants program, managed by FRRR, to support community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and increase help-seeking for people within rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues.

FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton says that CCI Giving and FRRR share a belief in the value and importance of Australia’s rural, regional and remote communities and are committed to strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of those communities.

“Despite the many positive aspects of living in rural Australia, there are distinct challenges associated with distance, which place people living in these locations at greater risk of poor mental health.

“Maintaining good mental health is a multi-faceted and lifelong process, requiring a range of approaches. This partnership and the In a Good Place grants program will support local solutions focussed on enhancing people’s mental health,” said Ms Egleton.

Roberto Scenna, CEO of Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) and Director of CCI Giving, said the aim of this partnership is to help reduce the stigma so often associated with mental health, especially in rural areas.

“CCI Giving is committed to walking alongside communities for the longer term by supporting projects that remove barriers to people getting appropriate support. Locals know what works best for them, so this program will support non-clinical approaches that are community-based and accessible at a grassroots level in a range of settings,” explained Mr Scenna.

The In a Good Place grants program will open for applications from the community sector on 9 July, 2018.

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