The program follows the collective impact model and takes a community-driven approach to better address and improve mental health and wellbeing and support for those affected by suicide in the Wangaratta municipality. Within the program there are three priority areas, two of which were directly nominated by community. These priorities are: 1. Creating connections – improving opportunities for people to connect. 2. Including and involving – promoting inclusion. 3. Post-vention – promoting a change in community attitudes and in the response of services before and after a death by suicide within our community. Each priority area is supported by an Action Plan that was developed following community consultation which shaped the activities included within.
The Grit and Resilience program is working with the community to better understand what drives positive mental health and wellbeing.
This four-year initiative aims to help our community to unite and build strength, courage and connection with each other, so that we can overcome hardships together.
The program is funded by the Federal Government and is governed by four Community Partners in addition to the Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria Police, Albury Wodonga Health, Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Gateway Health, headspace Wangaratta, Northeast Health Wangaratta and The Centre | Sport North East.
The Grit and Resilience Program came about after the Rural City of Wangaratta and community rallied in 2018 to address mental health and suicide in the municipality.
Coordinated by the Rural City of Wangaratta, the Program is guided by a consortium of agencies along with four community partners.
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