Kind­ness at the core of Deni group’s ef­forts

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By LOURENE LIEBENBERG

The De­niliquin Men­tal Health Aware­ness Group has been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes to en­sure in­formed de­ci­sions will be made about how to spend the funds that have been raised by Brenda Nor­man’s Chan­nel 4 Change char­ity.

Many lo­cal peo­ple have contributed so gen­er­ously and con­tinue to do so — and as Brenda’s English Chan­nel cross­ing is get­ting closer, we hope peo­ple will con­tinue to sup­port this great ef­fort.

Deni MHAG has been con­sult­ing with the com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ways and gain­ing in­sight into what the needs are.

Ear­lier this year, Deni MHAG hosted a com­mu­nity meet­ing about bul­ly­ing.

Bul­ly­ing is a known con­tribut­ing fac­tor to men­tal health is­sues, and the group has con­tin­ued to meet and to work with a smaller group of in­ter­ested par­ties to de­velop a sys­tem­atic ap­proach to test the vi­a­bil­ity of a com­mu­nity ac­tion group.

This group called ‘#denisaysno’ will meet again to dis­cuss the implementation of a draft strate­gic plan.

Kind­ness is at the core of this group, and we know kind­ness pro­motes great men­tal health so we are ex­cited to see how all the projects on the ta­ble can be merged to­wards achiev­ing a kin­der and men­tally health­ier com­mu­nity.

Deni MHAG also chaired and hosted a strate­gic plan­ning day in April, specif­i­cally to dis­cuss youth men­tal health ini­tia­tives re­lated to Chan­nel 4 Change fund­ing.

Some of the ideas shared were about con­tin­ued Men­tal Health First Aid train­ing, guest speak­ers/ad­vo­cates that would en­gage youth, and find­ing in­no­va­tive ways to en­sure youth know where to get help when and if needed.

We are for­tu­nate that all the ser­vice providers who are in­volved in pro­vid­ing men­tal health services to youth in De­niliquin at­tend our meet­ings and we have cer­tainly got the ex­per­tise around the ta­ble to look at well re­searched, ev­i­dence based prac­tice to in­form our de­ci­sions about projects to ben­e­fit our youth and our com­mu­nity at large.

Our next meet­ing is Tues­day, Au­gust 7 at 3pm at In­tereach and any­one is wel­come to at­tend.

Be sure to fol­low the face­book pages #denisaysno and Deni MHAG for reg­u­lar posts and up­dates.

To reg­is­ter for the next Youth Men­tal Health First Aid course to be held on Au­gust 2 and 3 this year please contact me (Lourene Liebenberg) on 0428 281060 or lourene@big­pond.com .

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