Special Journalism Award – Regional/Rural/Community Focus
Victoria Smyth Senior Project Manager
Kia Handley Journalist /Producer
Jocie Johnston Communications Coordinator
Tessa Caton Program Manager
Entry: Let’s Talk: Rural Mental Health
Organisation: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY
The ‘Let’s Talk: Rural Mental Health’ podcast series first aired on ABC state-wide drive and iTunes on 5th October 2017. It was developed by the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and produced by the reputable radio presenter Kia Handley, covering issues that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people in rural and regional Australia. In this series, Kia talks with people with a lived experience of mental health problems, about their stories of hope and recovery, as well as people working in frontline organisations, and peak bodies about what is being done at an organisational level about these issues. The purpose of the project was to create podcasts, which were in an accessible format, authentic, resonated with our rural audience, and effectively communicated our mental health messages. We hope the podcasts inspire and encourage people to have conversations about mental health with colleagues, friends and family.
Victoria Smyth: Project Manager. Victoria’s background is Social Enterprise, focusing on Mental Health projects since 2011. In 2013, she moved to Australia from Ireland, delivering projects for National Mental Health Commission, NSW Mental Health Commission, and now leading communications projects at CRRMH, Orange NSW.
Kia Handley: Producer. Kia Handley is a radio producer and presenter, currently producer on NSW state-wide Drive. Kia studied Journalism/International Studies at University of Canberra, and has produced Local Radio across NSW and the ACT before moving to ABC in Orange, then on to Newcastle.
Jocie Johnston: Communications Coordinator. For the past three years, Jocie has worked at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health as a communications practitioner. She enjoys working with a passionate team committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities. Prior to this role, Jocie worked in various communications’ roles across both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
This project was made possible with support from RAMHP Coordinators