Each year, one in five of us will experience a mental health problem. Mental health problems are common but they are also treatable. Yet, if you live in the city, you are more likely to access help that if you live in a rural area of NSW. Welcome to 'Let's Talk', a podcast series is hosted by journalist Kia Handley all about mental health in rural and regional Australia. Hear from people who have battled with their mental health, who have been through tragedy and have come out of the other side and also from some of the people who have helped them on their journey. We hope these podcasts inspire you and we encourage you to strike up a conversation about mental health with your colleagues, friends and family. We also encourage you to share these links.
S4 E1: Recovery after disasters
The summer of 2019 and 2020 was a horrific one in Australia. Drought meant the countryside was the direst it had been in decades and that led to a bushfire season that was unprecedented. Just as the rain started and recovery began in regional communities devastated by fire, COVID-19 paused the world. So how does an individual and their community recovery after a disaster? And how do you look after your mental health as you make big decisions about your future and the chance to rebuild?
Linda Rudd is the owner of the Batlow Hotel, her community was threatened by a bushfire in 2019/2020 in regional NSW and Orry Berry is a RAMHP Coordinator for the Mid North Coast region of NSW. They share their experiences of recovery and mental health,
S4 E2: Perinatal Anxiety and Depression
This week is Perinatal Mental Health Week, so what better time to look at this issue affecting so many parents in your life. If you have welcomed a baby into your family you know about the challenges that brings as well as the love and the joy, but if you're feeling like it's all becoming too much.
Edwina Sharrock is a midwife who experienced perinatal depression after the birth of her second child and Kate Arndell works with parents as a RAMHP coordinator of the Hunter New England region in NSW. They share their experiences and information about what you need to know about perinatal depression and anxiety.
S4 E3: The Environment and your mental health
The environment is all around you every day. If you're a farmer you rely on the land to help you grow the best crop and feed your stock, if you live in town and you have a favourite park to sit in with your family or maybe it's just the part of nature from beach and bush that you love to explore whenever you get the chance - the environment is often a big part of your daily life. What happens when you start to feel stress or anxiety about the environment?
Kylie Atkinson is a RAMHP coordinator based in Foster on the Mid North Coast of NSW and Peter Gorman is a drought support officer in Western NSW - they share their experiences and advice around the stress you might feel about the environment.
S4 E4: Helping the helpers
Your community is full of people who step up to lend a hand when others need it most. But the longer that goes, the harder the job is to keep everyone supported, the more strain those helpers can feel. As we rely on them, how can we make sure we're also helping the helpers stay mentally well.
Angela Kane is a champion of her community and Jennie Keioskie is a RAMHP coordinator based in Bega in NSW, they share their stories, experiences, and tips for helping the peoples who help you when they need it most.
S4 E5: Stress and decision making
Stress is something that's hard to avoid in life. Some stress is easy to get through and other times it can hang around you and start to rub off on other areas of your life. When you're feeling that, how do you make sure you stay mentally well and able to make decisions big and small day by day?
Phil Graham is a rural consultant working with farmers in the Yass region of NSW and Matt Milne is a RAMHP coordinator based in Maitland NSW. They share how stress can affect you and some techniques for working through stress so you can stay mentally well.
S4 E6: Social media and your mental health
You have spent more time online in 2020 than ever before. COVID-19 left you home-schooling, connecting with friends using video chat and even working from your loungeroom when that's never really felt possible before. Social media became a lifeline to connect with others, but happens when social media can start feeling overwhelming and negative?
Chantel McAlister runs online photography lessons and Camilla Herbig is a RAMHP coordinator based in Dubbo in NSW, they share stories, experiences, and techniques for ensuring social media doesn't start impacting your mental health.