Our Town is a long-term mental health initiative that aims to build the capabilities of regional towns in South Australia to develop and test community-based responses to mental health. Designed by regional communities for regional communities, Our Town strives to bring everyone’s voice to the table, particularly those who are not always heard.
The initiative includes a strong emphasis on early prevention, engaging with individuals whose voices are often not gathered or overlooked and addressing the range of social determinants that underpin vulnerabilities.
In late 2020, our funding partner Fay Fuller Foundation announced the three towns chosen from an original shortlist of nine towns and regions to receive 10 years of funding and support to reclaim the mental health and wellbeing of their regions.
The three towns are Ceduna, Cummins and Kimba. They join Kangaroo Island, who were early recipients of the funding after the island’s 2019-2020 catastrophic bushfires. Two more towns, Berri and Mid Murray, are being provided with bridging support from Fay Fuller. All six towns are invited to be a part of the ongoing Our Town Network that starts in late April 2021.
Ceduna/ Far West Our Town team member Sandy Taylor on night one of the retreat, sharing her points of connection with others present and her love of paddle boarding along the Ceduna coast.