WELCOME TO OUR HEALTHY CLARENCE
Since March 2016 an extraordinary coordinated community/health and community services effort has been in place in the Clarence Valley, to address a higher than state average rate of suicide in the Grafton/Yamba/Maclean region since early 2015. In response, a four-phase process has been implemented: community meetings to discuss the issue; community interviews to identify risk and protective factors and existing mental health and well-being strategies; workshops to commence development of local strategies, and the formation of the Our Healthy Clarence Steering Committee to lead the development and implementation of the 2016–2018 plan for improving mental health and well-being in the Clarence Valley. The Plan has come from the grass roots and belongs to everybody in the community. No one organisation has jurisdiction over it.
Our Healthy Clarence is a unique model that brings community and organisations together in a constructive and sustainable way to improve the mental health and overall well-being of the Clarence Valley community.
The OHC Steering Committee consists of approx. 20 organisations, including:
Northern NSW Local Area Health, North Coast Primary Health Network, Lifeline North Coast, Bulgarr Nguru Medical Service, the New School of Arts Neighbourhood Centre, headspace Grafton, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), Momentum Collective, Clarence Youth Action Group and other service providers, agencies, community groups and community members which led to the development of a plan for improving mental health and well-being in the Clarence Valley. This committee meets every 6 weeks to discuss the progress and long term sustainability of the Our Healthy Clarence Plan.
Since mid-2018 we have undertaken a review of the 2016-2018 Plan, conducted further community consultations and received additional funding from the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) to support the development of a new plan for 2019-2022.
The 6 key objectives of the Our Healthy Clarence Mental Health and Well-being Plan are as follows:
To increase the capacity of the people across the Clarence Valley to support their mental health and well-being.
To increase the number of children and young people in the Clarence Valley who have knowledge, skills and capacity to support their mental health and resilience.
To increase the capacity of the education sector to support mental health and well-being of their students, staff and community.
To increase the number of mentally healthy workplaces.
To improve access to and quality of health services or mental health.
To support the mental health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Clarence Valley.
We are working with community groups, services providers, schools, health industry professionals and our community to sustain a healthy and well Clarence Valley community.