Weathering the drought

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Challenge Community Services will support one of the nation’s leading social workers on a tour of the region next month as he speaks about the importance of seeking help and support during the drought.

Simon Santosha is an accredited mental health and social worker who has expertise in working with men and boys experiencing personal family or relationship issues.  He is also the founder of the Men & Family Counselling and Consultancy service on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Together with members of the Challenge Therapeutic Services team, Mr Santosha will deliver free talks in Tamworth, Curlewis, Gunnedah and Barraba on Wednesday, April 6th in support of the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Drought Relief initiative.

Challenge Community Services, Therapeutic Services Manager Kylie Boyraz said it was a pleasure to have Mr Santosha on board the project to offer his expertise to landholders and their families around the region during tough times. Having good personal relationships and being connected to a community are vital to maintaining good mental health,” she said.

“Presentations such as Mr. Santosha’s will assist communities to gain a better understanding of mental health and how to maintain positive relationships through periods of drought.

Ms Boyraz hopes locals will take the opportunity to come along and enjoy a free event with a take home message.

Author: Katrina Warmoll

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 900 staff, more than 90 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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