You can’t pour from an empty cup

How to better support yourself and your community

Are you the one that everyone comes to when they are struggling? 

Are you worried about how to have the conversation without making things worse? 

And how do you balance supporting another person, when you already have a lot on your plate?

This 45 minute workshop will explore practical tools and strategies to support people to help themselves when they are struggling, as well as  pathways to care in regional communities. Participants will also learn the importance of looking after themselves in these supporting roles to ensure that they can continue to support their own family, friends, businesses and communities. 

About the Presenter

Letitia Cross RAMPH

Letitia is passionate about rural communities and comes from a prior agriculture background in production, commodity trading, natural resource management and industry development. However, after seeing first-hand the devastating consequences of poor mental health on her community and wanting to be part of a positive practical solution, she undertook postgraduate studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. After working as a therapist, Letitia joined the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) in North Western NSW three years ago. She promotes early intervention through awareness and understanding, and works towards having all people living in rural and remote NSW linked to the appropriate mental health information, resources and services.

About the Panelists

Dr Amanda Jeffreys

Dr Amanda Jefferys is Clinic Director for University of New England Psychology Clinic providing around 2000 sessions per annum to the community. Amanda also works locally providing clinical psychology services to her community in Gunnedah. Being a true rural Psychologist is demanding and Amanda services her community, the community at large and also trains and supervisors Psychologists in their training.

Phoebe Maroulis

With over 25 years focussing on Community Development, Innovation and Social Capacity, Phoebe is now actively involved in ensuring rural Australians find profitable opportunities to do what they love, in a way that keeps them, their landscapes and communities, thriving.

Phoebe has degrees in Industrial Design, Financial Counselling and Commerce and a career path that has lead her through agri politics, community development, the arts, running a service station, bioenergy, grazing and agriculture, online retailing and much in between.

Life brings Phoebe the greatest joy when she is able to help shift people from being actors in someone else’s play, to being the director of their own.

Phoebe Maroulis

Danielle Murphy

Danielle moved from the inner City to Cobargo in 2004 and since then has made her life in this small rural community. She has raised 4 children, my eldest is at University on a Dean’s Scholarship doing a double degree and three teenage boys are at home. Her youngest has Autism and Epilepsy.

Danielle has been an active volunteer including managing the school uniforms for 8 years, canteen duty, has been involved with the Cobargo Skate Park and BMX track and since 2005 has been on the committee of the Cobargo Folk Festival. Since January 5 2020 Daniell has been a volunteer coordinator of the Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre (approx 40hrs/week) supporting the community to access the support they need. 182 homes were lost in the Cobargo region, she also reaches out to other areas within the Shire and further afield.

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