Red Cross hosts workshop to discuss toll of the drought

WORKSHOP UNDERWAY: Noel Clement, James Ensor, Mark McMullan, Jennifer Dawson and Alex Tanfield. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

WORKSHOP UNDERWAY: Noel Clement, James Ensor, Mark McMullan, Jennifer Dawson and Alex Tanfield. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

A workshop on how to communicate with people coping with stress caused by the ongoing drought was held on Tuesday.

The workshop was hosted by Red Cross Australia for community organisations, frontline workers and community leaders.

Australian Red Cross Director of Programs Noel Clement, Executive Officer BHP Foundation James Ensor and Australia Country Program Director, BHP Foundation. Jen Dawson, led the workshop at Dubbo.

Mr Clement said the main focuses of the workshop are to fill in any gaps they may see within communities, encourage residents to communicate instead of isolating themselves in times of stress and help aid communities in taking preventative measures for future occurrences.

"People who are struggling psychologically during times of stress due to the drought tend to think they're the only ones going through it and often isolate themselves," Mr Clement said.

"The lack of wellbeing can cause a number of things from families being broken up, to an increase in self-harm and a decrease in employment.

"We're hoping to encourage a stronger foundation for communities and equip them with the skills they needed to coping and overcoming hardships they may face in times of crisis such as with the ongoing drought or the recent bushfires."

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This story Communication; key to surviving drought first appeared on Western Magazine.