Half-day workshops to build community knowledge about mental health and well-being in rural and
remote communities will be held at various locations in the Eastern Sector of the South West from mid-
May.

The workshops will be held at Dulacca, Yuleba, Mungallala, Muckadilla, Eumamurrin, Injune and Surat.

The free workshops are being delivered by Rural and Remote Mental Health, with the support of the
South West Hospital and Health Service.

South West HHS Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen said the workshops were tailored
particularly for primary producers, their families and those who worked and/or lived in rural communities.

“The four-hour Rural Minds workshop combines practical and culturally-relevant information around risk
factors, signs and symptoms, prevention tips/techniques and where and how to get assistance,’’ he said.

“The Rural Minds program is designed to raise awareness, grow understanding and ensure that the
information is embedded into agricultural and farming communities.

“It’s good, solid information delivered by people who know what it’s like to live in rural and remote
communities.

“With suicide rates in regional Australia continuing to be much higher than in urban or metropolitan
areas, particularly for men, the need to raise-awareness about risk factors, symptoms and signs of
health problems and pathways to help has become increasingly important.

“I urge anyone with any interest in mental health, whether their own, their friends’ or families’, to come
along join us at these workshops.’’

Mr Johannesen said once community members had completed the workshop, they would have access to
the Rural Minds helpline and network to help with improving the mental health of their communities.

The Rural Minds workshops will be held at:

• Dulacca: 18 May, at Dulacca Hotel, 5 pm start (food and drink available).
• Yuleba: 19 May, at the Yuleba Hall, 11 am start (light refreshments available).
• Mungallala: 26 May, at Mungallala Internet Café, 17 Redwood St, 10.30 am start (light
refreshments available).
• Muckadilla: 27 May, at the Muckadilla Hotel, 11 am start (food and drink available).
• Eumamurrin: 2 June, at the Eumamurrin Gun Club on the Carnarvon Highway, 12 noon start.
• Injune: 3 June, at the Memorial Hall in Hutton St, 1 pm start (light refreshments available).
• Surat: 14 July, at the Surat Hotel in Burrows St, 1 pm start (light refreshments available).
• For enquiries about the free Rural Minds workshops or to RSVP; phone South West HHS
Community and Allied Health on 4624 2900 or email: TRAIC_SWHHS@health.qld.gov.au
• Or phone Debbie Smith at Rural and Remote Mental Health on 0428 983 011 or email:
debbiesmith@rrmh.com.au

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

Rural and Remote Mental Health
Tim Saal
0400 104 332
timsaal@rrmh.com.au