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2016 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health Launched in Orange

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), in partnership with The Land newspaper and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), have launched the 2016 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health today in Orange.

2016 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

As part of Mental Health Month, NSW Minister for Mental Health The Hon. Pru Goward (via video), Member for Orange Mr Andrew Gee MP, along with people with a lived experience of mental illness, have launched this year's guide with the theme #ServiceYourMind.

CRRMH Director, Professor David Perkins, said the Guide is a valuable resource and plays an important role in raising awareness about mental ill-health as well as improving the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote NSW.

"The Guide helps to reduce stigma and break down barriers," Professor Perkins said.

"By sharing personal stories there is a greater awareness of mental ill-health and the fact that people can still live healthy meaningful lives. It also make people aware of what to look out for, how to support someone who is struggling and how and where to seek help."

The Guide provides practical information and education including; online therapies and information on mental wellbeing tools and apps; as well as tips and strategies on how to stay mentally healthy. Readers can also find information about community services and programs such as farmers groups, youth programs focusing on destigmatising mental health and peer support programs.

In 2016, 44,000 copies of the Guide will be distributed to almost 115,000 readers across NSW and beyond. An extra 25,000 copies will be distributed by the CRRMH and RAMHP workers in the field.

People can receive the 2016 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health by purchasing a copy of The Land during mental health month.

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