GMHBA is committed to improving the mental health of its members and the community.
Many Australians experience a mental illness at some time in their lives, and almost every Australian will experience the effects of mental illness in a family member, friend or work colleague. Mental health impacts significantly on our members, and the wider community, and we want to do more in assisting them to navigate what can be a very complex issue.
As part of GMHBA’s commitment to improving mental health we are delighted to announce two exciting and important partnerships with key community organisations.
National Centre for Farmer Health
GMHBA’s partnership will support the delivery of two key initiatives to increase mental health awareness amongst young people in rural areas.
- The National Centre for Farmer Health photography competition.
This competition - Farmer Health in a Changing World - is part of the National Centre for Farmer Health Conference ‘Good health, wellbeing and safety: Making a difference to farmers’ lives’. The conference will take place in Hamilton Victoria, 12–14 September 2018 and will focus on broadening the understanding of farmer health, wellbeing and safety.
It follows on from the success of the NCFH photography competitions in 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Image caption: What the Future Holds - Isobel Gower, 2012 ‘Celebrating Rural Life’ NCFH Photography Competition
Winners will be announced on 12 September 2018. You can get involved by voting in the People’s Choice Award via Instagram @farmerhealth. Additional details regarding the competition can be found here.
- Digital storytelling workshop
Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative and digital content to create a short movie with a strong emotional component, that enables personal perspective to be communicated.
GMHBA is very pleased to be partnering with the National Centre for Famer Health to present this opportunity.
The workshop – which will be held in Hamilton, Victoria, from 25-27 September – is targeting young adults aged 18-30, who have navigated a mental health challenge. Participants will be passionate about telling their story to make a difference to farmers’ and rural community members’ lives.
Expressions of interest need to be received by 14 September and can be found here. Note: travel and accommodation costs will be supported.
Read the play
We know that 75% of all mental illness across the population occurs before the age of 25 and that the earlier we intervene with mental health issues the better the outcomes.
Read the Play is a mental health literacy program designed for the junior levels of sporting clubs. It imparts information about mental illness through engaging the young players in fun and interactive games, thereby helping to remove the stigma and increase help-seeking behaviour.
This partnership will support the delivery of the program to junior members of clubs within the Ballarat Football Netball League.
A pilot program will be rolled out in Ballarat this year with more clubs and young people to be supported in 2019. Further information can be found at Read the Play.