The Bush Telegraph is a Whole-of-Community Approach to Building Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcomes for Vulnerable Regional Community Members.

Why: Increasing Rates of Mental Health Problems

Across Australia, mental health and wellbeing problems are increasing, with this magnified across vulnerable and regional communities.

Key Pillar to Turning This Around: Community Owned and Led Wellbeing Solutions

There are no quick fixes here. Mental health outcomes are due to many and varied factors. Our work honours this complexity.

A key pillar to improving mental health outcomes are community owned and led wellbeing solutions. In other words:

Intentionally delivered programs, responses, strategies or interventions that help people get back on their feet when life has got on top of them, and to prevent and stop people getting here the first place.  

How Does The Bush Telegraph Achieve This?

The Bush Telegraph is a LBI Foundation program that brings together both ‘Community Partners’ (e.g., agency, school, council) and ‘Community Funders’ through a shared commitment to improve local mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

It empowers and equips community members, from children to adults, to make a local impact, and integrate the science of wellbeing, resilience, growth and trauma-responsive practice with their wisdom, and develop personalised growth solutions for themselves and the people they are entrusted to support.

The Bush Telegraph’s Key Drivers of Community Growth?

The Bush Telegraph operates through two key drivers.

Community Champions – these IMPACT trained, coached and accredited community members have access to ongoing coaching and resources to empower their communities.  They are embedded within Community Partner agencies.

Wellbeing Projects – Community Champions work side-by-side ‘with’ communities to deliver projects that translate the science of wellbeing to community needs and context, drawing upon IMPACT Program resources, tools, modules and strategies.

These drivers are embedded within a whole-of-community awareness raising strategy.

Who are ‘Community Partners’?

Community Partners are agencies, NGO’s, schools or community groups which are committed to energising and empowering their communities to build whole-of-community wellbeing and mental health outcomes. The Bush Telegraph draws upon the strengths of both LBI Foundation and ‘Community Partner’. LBI Foundation offers a suite of best-practice tools, methods and resources to translate the science of wellbeing, growth and resilience into action, and the ‘Community Partner’ is the face of local community engagement and knowledge translation.

Who are ‘Community Funders’?

‘Community Funders’ are agencies, councils, corporate entities, philanthropic groups and government departments who want to support the delivery of evidence-based community owned and led wellbeing solutions.

Current Community-Funder Partnerships

  • Eyre PeninsulaCentacare Catholic Country SA are the local Community Partner, with the project funded by the South Australian Government Statewide Wellbeing Strategy: led by Wellbeing SA. For further information on the delivery of The Bush Telegraph across the Eyre Peninsula, please go to the dedicated web-page click here.

Further Information

If you are interested in learning more about The Bush Telegraph, or how you can be a Community Partner or Funder, please contact John Shepherd on john.shepherd@lbi.org.au.