HALT is excited to be one of the 17 (1 of 3 in Victoria!) organisations from remote, rural and regional Australia to be awarded funds for initiatives focusing on strengthening mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable community members who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues.
This year the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s In a Good Place (IAGP) program funded initiatives that include community activities to help people feel connected, training to help people identify those who are at risk of harming themselves, mental health first aid courses, and one-on-one mentoring.
Worryingly, in 2022 suicide rates rose 32% in those aged 65+. A gap in targeted services and programs for this demographic has motivated us to improve access to vital supports and resources. Via curated talks/events within their community spaces, HALT endeavours to reduce stigma, educate and empower this vulnerable group.
Our project is aimed at older people FOR older people within both the Mount Alexander Shire and Central Goldfields Shire, adapting and tailoring our existing programs and talks for this audience.
We are looking forward to connecting with local community groups and conducting these important events in the coming months.