Proactively Improving Mental Health Preparedness in North West Queensland

The ‘Proactively Improving Mental Health Preparedness in North West Queensland’ project will focus on delivering Mental Health First Aid workshops in towns across the north west to increase the skills of local people, front line staff in businesses, agencies, local governments, and so on. These skills will assist people to have greater empathy for people with mental health challenges, but to also give them the skill and confidence to have a conversation, e.g. ‘Are you ok? I think you’re behaving a little different today. Can I help? How are things going with you?’ These questions are just enough to make a difference to a community’s mental health support. 

Often mental health support services are enacted during or after a disaster, or in the middle to end of a drought period. This project will focus on preparedness and lifting the skills of a community before a disaster. Southern Gulf NRM will work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Rotary Club of Mount Isa South West Inc to deliver these workshops. 

This program is made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund for the Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative.