Lifeline Central West to host drought toolkit talk in Dubbo

Communication: Lifeline Central West chief executive officer Stephanie Robinson with executive director Alex Ferguson. Photo: NADINE MORTON 071718nmlifeline1
Communication: Lifeline Central West chief executive officer Stephanie Robinson with executive director Alex Ferguson. Photo: NADINE MORTON 071718nmlifeline1

Next week Lifeline Central West will host a workshop that aims to help those struggling with the drought find out more about wellbeing and mental health and learn how to support others.

Lifeline will bring the Drought Tool Kit Talk to the Dubbo RSL on Thursday, December 6 and will commence at 5:30pm.

The Talk is a follow up from the organisation’s Lifeline Drought Tool Kit, which is an eight-page guide that focuses on 10 main points – including financial counselling, isolation, stress management, family and mental health - that struggling rural and regional communities are facing.

By circulating copies of the Tool Kit in the Western Magazine and The Land newspapers Lifeline Central West CEO Stephanie Robinson hopes to spread word directly to the people facing pressure.

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“The flow on impacts of the prolonged drought is affecting everyone - financially, socially and emotionally,” Ms Robinson said.

“The human reality is that there are people in every corner of our communities that are really hurting.

“We know that being strong and battling through adversity are qualities that are admired in people in our regional and rural communities. We also know that people can be reluctant to talk about the pressure they are under and acknowledge that they need help.”

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These workshops are for anyone who would like to learn more about wellbeing, mental health and learn how to support others.

Further Tool Kit Talks will be held throughout the Central West, supported by local clubs and ClubsNSW.

“We need an army of people, mobilised and prepared, willing and able to access those in our communities that are either unaware they need help or unwilling to proactively seek help,” Ms Robinson said.

“Foot path conversations and paddock consultations might be just what we need to connect those in need with the help available.”

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