The Rural Mental Health Matters Team

Melanie Costas
Founder and CEO of Rural Mental Health Matters

Melanie set up RMHM Rural Mental Health Matters (formerly SOMH! Save Our Mental Health) with the aim of tackling mental health inequality in rural and remote communities. Because where people live should not be a barrier to access to help and support when they need it. We aim to develop and deliver a range of rural mental health and wellbeing outreach projects, including developing mobile outreach. This outreach is free to the public acting as an information/signposting 'hub' for all things mental health and wellbeing.

We can also work with your organistion to help you 'rural proof' your support/services from planning to delivery stages. Rural proofing is simply about finding the best ways to deliver the right support/services at the right time in rural and remote communities, and to include early intervention. It also aims to ensure that services/projects and policies are designed so that they reach rural communites and are suited to rural circumstances. We call this being rurally inclusive. We also offer ongoing support on a longer basis if required.

Melanie's expertise and experience is available on a consultancy basis to attend meetings, workshops, presentations etc. Pricing structures are offered using a fair market rate, either hourly or specific time limited partnership working


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