Now in its eighth year, the award winning Glove Box Guide to Mental Health shares inspiring stories of how people cope with and adapt to change as well as where people can find help for their mental health concerns when they need it.
The Guide – produced by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), via its Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and with assistance from The Land will be officially launched on Thursday 3 October during Mental Health Month.
This year the theme is ‘Journey Through Change’ highlighting the many and varied changes people go through in rural Australia.
Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) RAMHP Coordinator, Marie Kelly, said we know change is a constant and it is how we adapt to it – or the journey through it, that makes us stronger.
Many readers will be able to relate to the real and admirable stories from rural people and organisations who have overcome adversity or needed to navigate change in their life.
The Guide includes tips and information on decision-making and stress, juggling priorities during drought, how to connect to a support network and how to recognise when someone isn’t coping.
As part of this years’ Glove Box Guide launch the RAMHP team are inviting members of the community to come and participate in a joint activity showcasing how they have journeyed through change.
Details of the FWLHD 2019 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health launch are as follows:
WHAT: Launch of 2019 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health
WHEN: Thursday October 3
WHERE: Menindee Health Service, at the Health Council Expo
Marie Kelly said coming to the launch is a great opportunity to have a short break from work, connect with others, share ideas and have some fun.
“It is also a chance to celebrate those who have shared their story and acknowledge our rural and remote communities who continue to face significant challenges,” said Marie.
Readers can also find practical information and education including online therapies and information on mental well-being tools and apps, as well as tips and strategies on how we can adapt and cope with change.
In recognition of the ongoing success of the Glove Box Guide, the Guide recently won The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Medal for services to mental health, which is the top TheMHS Award.
Marie said winning this prestigious award demonstrates the value and integrity of the Glove Box Guide (GBG) and the outstanding contribution it has made towards supporting rural communities. It also demonstrates an ongoing commitment to rural mental health particularly during these tough times.
This year, a total of 38,000 copies of the Guide will reach over 82,465 readers across NSW and beyond. An extra 30,000 copies will be distributed by the CRRMH and RAMHP Coordinators in rural NSW.
You can receive the 2019 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health by purchasing a copy of The Land on Thursday 3 October during Mental Health Month.
If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one, please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 for advice.
For best practice guidelines on safe media reporting about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs, visit mindframe.org.au