Cham­pion for re­mote well­be­ing

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SINCE open­ing in 2013, Sy­bella Health prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant and psy­chol­o­gist Christine Franklin has taken pride in lend­ing a hand.

She launched the Whit­sun­days De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Treat­ment Clinic which pro­vides a spe­cial­ist ser­vice to adults experiencing chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

Ms Franklin says that re­cent re­search has high­lighted the in­creas­ing bur­den im­posed by men­tal health prob­lems and dis­or­ders in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery­day prob­lems such as work stress, re­la­tion­ship trou­bles and cop­ing with ill­ness can se­ri­ously af­fect your life.

“Ad­dress­ing th­ese con­cerns is vi­tal to en­joy­ing life and good re­la­tion­ships,” she said.

A na­tion­ally reg­is­tered Psy­chol­o­gist with 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties to bring about pos­i­tive change, Ms Franklin is pas­sion­ate about ru­ral health and a cham­pion of ser­vice eq­uity.

While rates of men­tal health ill­ness do not vary much across the coun­try, Ms Franklin says about 20 per­cent of Aus­tralians have had a men­tal health prob­lem in the past 12 months and that the Medi­care ex­pen­di­ture per per­son is much lower in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

“Trag­i­cally, sui­cide rates are also higher in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas than they are in ma­jor cities,” she said.

“Ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties de­serve a more eq­ui­table share of health fund­ing.”

Ms Franklin will be a del­e­gate at the Na­tional Ru­ral Health Con­fer­ence in Dar­win in May as a Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Friends Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for the Ru­ral Health Al­liance where she is happy to rep­re­sent lo­cals in their con­cerns or so­lu­tions sur­round­ing ru­ral health mat­ters.

She en­cour­ages lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers to visit the Face­book page Whit­sun­days De- pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Treat­ment Clinic for regular up­dates on how to main­tain pos­i­tive men­tal health.

The Whit­sun­days De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Treat­ment Clinic is lo­cated Suite 2 Whit­sun­day Place, 1 Abell Road Can­non­vale.

For more in­for­ma­tion do not hes­i­tate to call this free num­ber 1800 069 968.

HELP IS ON ITS WAY: Whit­sun­days De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Treat­ment Clinic prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant and psy­chol­o­gist Christine Franklin is pas­sion­ate about ru­ral health and a cham­pion of ser­vice eq­uity.

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