Resilience Program to help guide region through "tough times"


The Resilience Program, aimed at guiding the region through "tough times", is coming to Goondiwindi.

It will offer a series of presentations for children, parents, community members and teachers. The "inspirational" program is being brought to the region by Care Goondiwindi and the Tie up the Black Dog Committee.

"If you've ever seen the inspirational founder Hugh Van Cuylenburg or the highly engaging Martin Heppell speak you'll wonder how a small town could be so lucky to get them present here in person," Care community development officer, Kirsty Dowling said.

Fortunately Care Goondiwindi together with the Tie Up the Black Dog Committee were successful in their application to Queensland Health - Tackling Regional Adversity Through Integrated Care (TRIAC) grants program. "We have been granted funds to bring The Resilience Project team to Goondiwindi on October 8-10.

"Presentations will be made to students of all age groupings at local and district schools (free) and there will be three targeted adult community presentations," Mary said. "Despite their very heavy commitments which see them booked out two years in advance we have been lucky enough to be able to bring them to Goondiwindi," Kirsty said.

As many as one in five adults aged 18-85, one in seven primary school-aged children and one in four teenagers will experience a mental illness this year. "These statistics are extremely alarming and sadly with the devastating effects of drought in our region we can only expect these numbers will rise," Kirsty said.

The Resilience Project has delivered programs to more than 650 schools and elite sporting teams including Australian cricket, netball and soccer as well as NRL and AFL clubs working with such stars as Johnathan Thurston. For more information contact, phone 46700700 M: 0412459784 or phone Mary Woods on 0428716582.