Trip aims to reduce stigma

A special roadtrip across New South Wales and beyond aims to get rural people in the country talking about mental health and wellbeing and how it affects their community.

The Rural Minds Road Trip hopes to reduce the stigma of shame about asking for help in the bush.

The Rural Minds Roaming Ambassador, Luke Smith is taking his bus — and his family of 9 — on the road, talking to rural people in central west NSW.

The trip will see Luke and his family head to Cootamundra, Young, Blayney, Bathurst and Cowra over the month of April. The workshop gives participants good, solid information — without the bulldust,” Luke said.

Look out for our bus, come and have a chat...

Luke Smith, Rural Minds Roaming ambassador

“There are many good resources online about mental health, but we think this is such an important topic, people deserve to have face-to-face contact, no matter where they live,” Luke said.

“Participants from our previous workshops tell us it’s made a massive difference.”

Luke said everyone was welcome to come along to the workshops.

“Look out for our bus, come and have a chat, and then please bring your partner, your family and your mates to the workshop,” he said.

The four hour Rural Minds workshop will – 

• Improve awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

• Help make the connection between mental health and personal safety.

• Give participants the confidence, strategies and information about where to get support for their own mental health as well as their family and friends.

Workshop topics include: 

Stigma, risks to mental health
, anxiety and depression, destructive thinking, acute stress and PTSD

Topics will also focus on dementia,suicide,a
lcohol, drugs and mental health, plus relationships.

Financial stress and succession
 will also be topics discussed, as will strategies to build and maintain mental health and mental health supports.

The Rural Minds Road Trip will be at Cootamundra on Thursday, April 5 and in Young the following day.

The Cowra visit will be on Tuesday, April 10 and in Blayney the following day. It will then head to Bathurst on Thursday, Appril 12.

For more details visit To stay up-to-date on the trip head to its Facebook page, by searching ‘Rural Minds’.