Search is on to find locals to support community in tough times
COONABARABRAN locals are being sought to help the community in tough times by becoming a trusted advocate.
Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is running the Trusted Advocates program as part of raft of funding initiatives to support people who are feeling the impacts of the drought on their mental health and wellbeing.
"We are calling on trusted members of Coonabarabran and surrounding areas, who may already be sought out by people in their community to provide a shoulder to lean on during tough times, and offering them training and ongoing support to assist them in this role," WNSW PHN CEO Andrew Harvey said.
"Communities are under a lot of pressure because of the prolonged drought and a Trusted Advocate can help people deal with the stress and anxiety they are facing. This support could be through starting a conversation, providing a listening ear or telling them how they can get more help."
With the entire electorate of Parkes in drought, local MP Mark Coulton said Coonabarabran was one of nine locations across the country to trial a roll-out of the network.
"This is about the Coalition Government enabling Western NSW PHN to reach out into the community and deliver on-the-ground mental health support to those who need it most," he said.
Training for the Trusted Advocates will be provided by Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP).
If you are interested in becoming a Trusted Advocate WNSW PHN is seeking expressions of interest from suitable people. Visit www.wnswphn.org.au/drought for more information.
An information session will be held in Coonabarabran on October 15 from 5.30pm at Coonabarabran Town Hall in John Street.
If you would like to attend please RSVP, for catering purposes, at www.wnswphn.org.au/drought or call 0438 696 510.