We’re thrilled that projects funded by the 2017 Grassroots grant program are rolling out across Australia in support of people living in rural and remote Australia.

Rural & Remote Mental Health (RRMH) ran its Rural Minds workshops across seven WA communities in March 2018. Locals from Brookton, Hayden, Kondinin, Carnarvon, Gascoyne Junction, Northampton and Yuna can attend the free workshops to learn about mental health and wellbeing as it specically affects rural and remote communities. As the poster says “delivered by people who know what it’s like out here, Rural Minds is just good, solid information without the bull … dust.”

Geraldton locals accessed RRMH’s safeTALK workshop that teaches how to identify people at risk of suicide and connect them with intervention resources. safeTALK’s proven, easy-to- follow step are used around the world.

The first set of workshops commenced on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula in March 2018 as part of Rural Business Support (RBS)’s new Farm Management for Transition project. Held over three half-day workshops, the program will help families plan for succession of the family farm when the time is right. RBS says interest has been very high from local farmers and as a result it has decided to run the workshop in three locations: Cleve, Cummins and Streaky Bay. Workshops will also run in the South East and on the Yorke Peninsula.

Like many farming communities, Gippsland faces greater challenges accessing mental health and wellbeing services than the city and Barrier Breakers Inc has been running Mental Health First Aid training for frontline staff in Gippsland. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that in Gippsland alone, 49 people died by suicide in 2016, with the statewide total 624 — more than double the road toll.

Check out the Barrier Breakers project in our video:

In 2017, Life Education NSW delivered its Healthy Harold program to children living in the Broken Hill and Wentworth areas who are some of the most disadvantaged in NSW, visiting 10 schools and 1,770 children in this area.