NSW drought: CWA and Lifeline Central West to host free workshops to help farmers

The Country Women’s Association and Lifeline Central West are partnering to help the people of Narromine tackle the tough issues facing their community by connecting and supporting them as they face the drought. 

Funded by a $41,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, Lifeline Central West and CWA will hold a series of free workshops throughout the region to raise awareness, build resilience, reduce stigma and equip people to respond to pressures in a way that promotes wellbeing and safety in the long-term.

Lifeline Central West CEO, Stephanie Robinson said that rural communities were known to pull together during times of adversity.

“We all have a role to play in creating a vibrant, strong community that can stay resilient during challenges and support those who are struggling, to seek help. This connection also means that during tough times we are all impacted and need to be more vigilant, particularly facing the current drought.”

CWA State President Annette Turner said that rural women who are often the emotional linchpin of their family are instrumental in identifying potential health problems in their circles. 

“These workshops will give practical help, resources and tools for communicating with family and loved ones who may be in distress and potentially at risk of suicide,” Ms Turner said.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair Phil Neat said that adversity such as drought could exacerbate the issues that lead to poor mental health, family violence and suicide.

“Though these social issues won’t be instantly fixed when the drought breaks, this program will equip attendees with practical skills not only for the present but also in to the future to build stronger, more resilient regional communities,” Mr Neat said.

“It is a privilege to be involved in such an important partnership with Lifeline Central West and CWA that delivers a program which will benefit regional communities over the long term,” he added. 

The workshops delivered by qualified trainers will give practical help, resources and tools for communicating with men who may be in distress and potentially at risk of suicide.  

Topics will include recognising, responding and referring to domestic violence, crisis and mental health including stress, depression, anxiety and suicide, financial abuse, building resilience and strategies for self- care.

The free Workshop in Narromine will be held on October 10 at the CWA rooms on the corner of Nymagee street and third avenue between 1pm and 5pm. 

Members of the community can attend by registering their interest on 1300 798 258.