Community in healing mode
Since the Osmington tragedy, we have all been questioning deeply. What is happening in our community? What can we do to help our community? We believe that the answer lies within the question — it is our feeling of community that is healing.
We have turned to each other for support, love and emotional connection in a time of terrible shock. This is our great strength. We are living in a small regional town where community connection is very real for most people.
People have a powerful need for authentic belonging and positive relationships that reveal to us that we are valued and that others care about us.
Loneliness and isolation are major factors in depression and poor mental health.
We are impressed by the deep connection our Shire of Augusta-Margaret River staff feel towards our community, which supported them to jump immediately into action to provide support services.
We are grateful for the generous offers to aid community connection from places such as Sunflowers Animal Farm and our churches.
Our challenge for the future is to build on this connection.
Do you know of people who are isolated and lonely? Belonging to groups is important. Reach out to others to meet regularly to talk and listen.
Make sure your kids are connected and feel they “belong”.
We have a marvellous volunteering culture in our shire. We know that to give is to receive. Mental health is an individual responsibility, but it is also a community responsibility.
Think of the people in our community who are isolated and marginalised and ask yourself: “How can we give support and compassion?” We are a resilient and strong shire. Let’s build on our strengths and inspire hope into the future through love and friendship.
Our great task is to succeed in becoming more human.