Creating and sustaining community safety net groups (CSNG), a creative approach to promote positive mental health in rural and remote communities in Australia: experiences and reflections

Francis, Abraham (2014) Creating and sustaining community safety net groups (CSNG), a creative approach to promote positive mental health in rural and remote communities in Australia: experiences and reflections. In: Abstracts from the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: promoting social and economic equality (ePoster 6) p. 31. From: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014: promoting social and economic equality, 9-12 July 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Experiences from the community development models used in the field of mental health promotion in rural South Australia strongly suggests that CSNG is a vibrant form of development action aimed to promote greater awareness and impact in the rural communities in addressing the stigma attached to mental health. In this poster, the author argues about the rationale of these concepts, explains the process involved in creating a CSNG, briefly describes the challenges in the field and provides tips to overcome the barriers. The author argues that by setting up CSNG's, we are empowering the communities, developing and harnessing the social capital of communities and moreover making a pathway for the mental health consumers to be engaged in communities. The poster also provides a detailed reflection on the process of establishing this model from theoretical perspectives and draws evidence from literature and from professional field experience to suggest its application in other areas.

Item ID: 35051
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 02:18
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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