Identification of personal and community resilience that enhance psychological wellness: A Stanthorpe study.
Hegney, D, Ross, H., Baker, P., Rogers-Clark, C., King, c., Buikstra, E., Watson-Luke, A., McLachlan, K., Stallard, L.
This project was supported under an Australian Research Council Linkage Projects funding scheme.
This report presents the outcomes of a three year participatory action project, based in Stanthorpe, a rural community in Queensland, which aimed to develop, implement and evaluate a model that enhances psychological wellness in rural people and communities. The research methodology also sought to incorporate strong community linkages and communication strategies to widen community input.
The interdisciplinary perspective taken within this project, has provided the basis for conceptualising resilience as a process with individual, community and environmental aspects. Results emphasise that individual, physical and social factors are seen as working together in forming resilience.
A toolkit has also been developed which is designed to support the work of rural community groups and services, providing practical support to facilitate the development of new and enhancement of existing programs aimed to support resilience, and hence improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and groups. Copies of this publication are available from CRRAH for a cost of AUD10.00 plus AUD2.50 postage and handling.
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