Together We Can Make A Positive Difference


Welcome to Rural Mental Health Matters – Your partner for inclusive events, conferences, projects and much more!

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Are you looking to host an event or manage a project, training session, conference or meeting in a way that genuinely embraces accessibility and inclusivity?

Look no further than Rural Mental Health Matters. With our comprehensive expertise and dedicated team, we help you chart your organisation’s transformation and pave your road towards inclusive growth.

Why choose us for your events?

At Rural Mental Health Matters, we not only manage events and projects; we craft tailor-made inclusive and equitable experiences. Whether you're aiming for a progressive training session or a groundbreaking conference, we’ve got you covered. Our approach is rooted in a proactive and equitable ethos that guarantees accessibility for all.

Meet Our visionary leader.

Our journey is guided by Melanie Costas, Founder and CEO of Rural Mental Health Matters. With over three decades of professional and personal lived experience, Melanie brings unmatched insight into the realm of accessibility and physical & mental health. Her leadership ensures that every project we undertake is reinforced by an unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and breaking down barriers.

Embrace the Whole-Self Wellbeing Approach

Our proactive and holistic approach to wellbeing sets Rural Mental Health Matters apart. We go beyond the traditional standards of support by adopting a unique approach to whole-self wellbeing. You won't find this level of comprehensive care anywhere else. When you partner with us, you're not just organising an event – you're promoting wellbeing and inclusiveness.

Inclusion vs. Exclusion: The Choice Is Yours

Ask yourself this crucial question: Do you want your event, meeting or project to be inclusionary or exclusionary? At Rural Mental Health Matters, the conviction that inclusivity is essential and not optional drives our mission. The potential to be discriminatory in today's diverse world is a real concern. By choosing us, you celebrate and root for the path of inclusivity, understanding, and respect for all.

The stats speak for themselves

Did you know that a significant percentage of companies and event organisers are missing the mark regarding accessibility and inclusion? This concern demands immediate attention. By collaborating with Rural Mental Health Matters, you're joining a movement to drive change. Let's work together to reshape the landscape and create a more equitable environment for everyone. Whether your facilities are indoors or outdoors!

Let's look at why you need Rural Mental Health Matters with some examples:

Impact of Poor Seating on Workplace Productivity

1. Back pain and discomfort: 

Around 80% of employees have experienced back pain at some point in their careers. Poor seating, such as 'normal' one-size-fits-all boardroom/training room chairs, is unsupportive and uncomfortable. Even having so-called ergonomic chairs does not suit everyone. Increased back pain and seating discomfort lead to reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.

2. Musculoskeletal disorders

Studies suggest that up to 50% of computer users experience musculoskeletal disorders related to poor seating and posture. These issues can lead to discomfort, pain, reduced work efficiency and exacerbate existing disabilities or even permanent disabilities.

ImageImageA piece of digital art made of florescent blue dots on a black background in the shape of a person reaching to touch their lower back, as if in pain, where there is a red circle of dots.

Image description: A piece of digital art made of florescent blue dots on a black background in the shape of a person reaching to touch their lower back, as if in pain, where there is a red circle of dots.

Impact of Pain on Learning and Cognitive Abilities:

1. Cognitive distraction:

Pain can distract during learning activities, whether due to poor seating or other factors. This can hinder an individual's ability to concentrate, retain information, and fully engage with training content or information you provide. So, ask yourself this: Aren’t you wasting money by spending it on training without sorting out accessibility properly?

2. Limited information processing:

Chronic pain, including pain caused by uncomfortable seating, has been shown to reduce cognitive processing abilities. Individuals experiencing pain may find it harder to process complex information and perform tasks that require mental effort.

3. Memory and retention:

Pain can interfere with memory consolidation and retention. People in pain might struggle to recall information accurately, impacting their overall learning experience.

Back injury at-work compensation varies in total from a few hundred pounds to £128,320.00, depending on the severity of the injury.

Can you afford not to hire Rural Mental Health Matters?

Ready to leap into a new era of event management and project execution? We'll ensure your next event or project is a shining success, a symbol of progress, inclusivity, and positive change. Contact us to journey towards a brighter, more accessible future. 

Get in touch today!