1 January, 2021
Small Talk can make a Big Difference
WHILE the festive season is a celebratory time for many, it can also be a difficult period for those struggling with mental health concerns or feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
Through the Small Talk, Big Difference campaign, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) has compiled helpful resources for people who may be doing it tough.
RFDS Outback Mental Health Clinical Lead Dr Tim Driscoll said the campaign website contained podcasts, webinars and downloadable resources which aimed to promote better connections to support mental health and wellbeing.
“Our two latest podcast episodes focus on talking to your GP about mental health concerns and nurturing healthy and intimate relationships,” he said.
“For those experiencing mental health concerns, your GP or local health centre can be a good place to start, offering direct support and linking you in with professionals who can help you through the hard times.
“This time of year can provide a good opportunity to reconnect with a loved one. Learn about the processes which are detrimental to intimacy and vitality and receive practical advice to nurture your relationships.”
Joining Small Talk, Big Differences as campaign Ambassador is retired rugby legend, Preston Campbell. Campbell. The campaign was officially launched in July this year with Preston urging members of the Queensland community to start the conversation about mental health and to feel confident about discussing mental health issues with friends, family and colleagues.
Dr Driscoll said Small Talk, Big Difference podcast episodes had been listened to more than 1,500 times since the campaign was launched in July this year.
“I encourage community members to visit the campaign website and explore the podcasts and webinars on offer, if you haven’t done so already,” he said.
“Downloadable resources such as information sheets, posters, flyers and even a kids activity book are also available.
“Ultimately, the Small Talk, Big Difference campaign is equipping people with the skills and knowledge to better connect with their own community, as well as health professionals. Please make the most of these resources and share with family and friends.”
The Small Talk, Big Difference campaign is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
For more information, visit www.smalltalkbigdifference.com.au