Rural Women’s Network

You are invited to take part in the June online Friday Forum.

The Land and RAMHP have partnered to get more people talking about mental health. Join us on the second Friday of June to talk about mental health.

When: Friday 12th of June 2015 at 12 noon
Where: Go to on the day and follow the links
Men can experience significant stigma associated with recognising and talking about mental illness and mental health problems.  They are also three times less likely to seek help than women.

Leading up to Men’s Health Week, this forum is a great opportunity to talk about men’s mental health. Men, their wives, family members, friends or partners, are invited to join us for some expert advice.

Our panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:

• where to get help and information
• how to recognise if someone needs help
• understanding the unique and diverse mental health needs of men
• how to build coping strategies
• ways to manage stress and anxiety caused by change
• tips on how to stay mentally healthy.

Wayne Wigham
Wayne is a passionate speaker and advocate for mental health. After ten successful years playing professional first-grade football for the Balmain Tigers, and having been the lead try scorer in the 1980 Sydney competition, Wayne’s undiagnosed depression forced him to retire from the game he loved. In 2010, Wayne became a community presenter with the Black Dog Institute raising awareness about mood disorders and the importance of early detection and treatment

Matthew Johnstone
Matthew works as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute developing various creative, educational programs on understanding, mental health, mood disorders, mindfulness and resilience for schools and the workplace. When he’s not working for the Institute he is an author, illustrator and father of two. His bestseller in 2005 is called ‘I Had a Black Dog’ an illustrated book on what it is to suffer depression and what can be learnt from it.

Andrew Whale
Andrew is a registered nurse, working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Primary and Community Health Nursing within the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD). In late 2010 Andrew was appointed as the local men’s health coordinator for his region and has been a strong advocate and promoter of men’s health services with the local regions. Andrew has a wealth of men’s health experience and has been involved in a range of areas, including planning/policy development right through to providing direct clinical care for local men.

Anne Kingston
Anne is an experienced psychologist with more than 12 years experience. Anne’s current role as Manager of Clinical Services at On the Line sees her responsible for the clinical governance and development of clinical models for services including MensLine Australia. Anne oversees the clinical supervision and skill development of more than 70 counsellors and a team of clinical supervisors, clinical liaison, and quality improvement staff.

Do you have a question for the panel? You can ask on the day or submit your questions ahead of time.

Don’t forget to join us on the first Friday of every month. Find out about upcoming forums and read previous forums here.

We hope you can join us!  Please pass this invitation on to others in your network.

Please note the forum is not a crisis service. If you require assistance please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.