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Glove Box Guide connects rural communities

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) launched the sixth edition of the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health on Thursday 5 October, as part of Mental Health Month.

Glove Box Guide launch

The Guide’s theme for this year is Let’s Talk: encouraging conversation in rural communities, and is in partnership between the CRRMH, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and The Land.

CRRMH Director, UON Professor David Perkins, said securing SafeWork NSW as the major sponsor of this year's Guide demonstrates the importance of the document as a key communications tool in improving mental health and wellbeing in rural communities.

“Each year the Guide continues to receive positive feedback from rural communities that it plays a big part in raising awareness about mental wellbeing and reduces the stigma surrounding mental health issues,” Professor Perkins said.

Professor Perkins hopes that the resource inspires and encourages people to strike up a conversation about mental health with their colleagues, friends and family.

“We want to make people aware of what to look out for, how to support someone who is struggling and how and where to seek help,” he said.

The Guide provides practical information and education including online therapies and information on mental wellbeing tools and apps, and strategies on how to stay mentally healthy.

This year a total of 43,000 copies of the Guide will reach 102,670 readers across NSW and beyond.

About the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) aims to improve the provision of mental health services through the identification of and response to the needs of rural and remote communities. This includes the development of appropriate service models for rural mental health care, providing professional development opportunities for clinical staff and offering education and training.

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