Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Ella Fyfe - including community in mental health initiatives

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So there are a few different aspects of my work. I deliver the Way Back

support service which involves supporting people for three months

following a suicide attempt. Also a lot of community development and awareness

and currently in the process of setting up a working group to work on the

regional suicide response for Wagga Wagga. Overall it really feels like

there's a need for it and people communicated that this is

something they really want to get involved in they really want to work.

So communities involved in our work in a variety of ways. At the moment we have

reference groups which are designed to basically give us feedback and direction

on some of the things that we're doing. We've also been setting up a working

group for the regional suicide response and there will be central in its

development so it'll be about consulting with community and developing that plan

alongside community. So I'm probably most passionate about getting out into

community, interacting with people. I love listening to people's stories. People

have amazing stories that they come up and tell me when we're out at community events

and I find that very humbling. Yeah just getting back to functioning

and having a meaningful life again. Engaging meaningfully with family

friends with community I think is a really great the part of what we do. I hope

that overall my work will result in a community that feels supported and that

they'll feel confident in helping those around them

especially when they're going through suicidal crisis. Mental health awareness

is important for a whole range of reasons but particularly to reduce

stigma. There's still a lot of stigma around mental health, mental illness and

I think that's a huge barrier to help seeking so increasing mental health

awareness will hopefully start to decrease the barriers for people

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