We aim to explore how women are connecting with community and any barriers to social connection they may be experiencing in order to inform WHLM’s ongoing advocacy and support for women’s mental wellbeing.
Some of the specific barriers that women in the Loddon Mallee can experience when seeking information and support for their mental health include:
We work with our partners to promote responsive, affirming and appropriate service delivery and information dissemination that addresses these barriers.
Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019-20 bushfires, and 2021 floods have disproportionately impacted women’s health and wellbeing, exacerbating pre-existing gendered inequalities. Women have been more at risk of economic insecurity and job losses and have also taken on a greater share of care responsibilities for children and other family and community members.
5 Ways to Wellbeing:
We spoke to women in our region about the impact of COVID on their mental health and wellbeing through a series of focus groups in 2020. Read the Summary of Findings HERE.
We also spoke to local women on camera about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing through the pandemic. View the short films HERE.
‘Centering Our Voices’ is an 8-part audio series aimed at raising the voices of women in the Loddon Mallee region that are living with a compromised immune system, or are carers of someone with compromised immunity.
Take a look at our full collection of resources to find research, reports, submissions and more around improving women’s mental health.
“Ya Gotta Have a Bit of Fun”
“Inspire Your Family”
“Art in Flexibility”
“Be A Worm”