The 15 Practices of rural community co-produced mental health initiatives: Advice from people who are doing them
May 28, 2021
The Social Innovation Research Institute (SUT) at Swinburne University recently released a report titled “The 15 Practices of rural community co-produced mental health initiatives: Advice from people who are doing them”. With many rural areas increasingly challenged by difficult social, economic and environmental conditions, local place-based initiatives that fit for their local communities can help people deal with mental health and wellbeing concerns. The report outlines key advice and things to do for community members, practitioners and policy-makers when thinking about and running co-produced community mental health and wellbeing initiatives in rural communities.
Working with existing networks, starting off broad and being flexible, and making sure the community is ready and taking a bottom up approach are some of the key advice and suggestions. Removing barriers to reach the ‘hardly reached’ and valuing the lived experience of community members are also considered key suggestions in the report.