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Mental health workshops to help with drought recovery

24 January 2014

Queensland Health is funding a series of mental health support workshops for families and communities in the 26 drought declared shires across Queensland.

Dr Bill Kingswell, the Executive Director of Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Directorate said Uniting Care Community (UCC) has been engaged to deliver the mental health support workshops as part of the Queensland Government's Drought Assistance Package.

"The tailored one-day program combine elements of both the nationally accredited Psychological First Aid course and SuicideAAA course," he said.

"The program is designed to help people to be aware of and assist family and friends who may be at risk of depression, suicide and other mental health issues as a result of the drought.

"The workshops are targeted towards key people who regularly engage with farmers, their families and other impacted locals living in drought declared communities," Dr Kingswell said.

UCC are working with Queensland Health, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and local key stakeholders to deal with the consequences of drought and includes local referral pathways to existing local public, private and non-government health services.

So far, eight workshops have been well received in the South West, North West, Central West and Cairns and Hinterland regions. A further fourteen workshops are scheduled across February and March 2014 to be held within the North West Hospital and Health Service, Central West Hospital and Health Service, South West Hospital and Health Service and Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

Details of these workshops are available from UCC by emailing

Last updated: 11 June 2014