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IN an Australian first the Where There’s A Will Foundation is bringing a team of experts to Scone to implement a community wide approach to mental health and it requires parents, grandparents, sports coaches, teachers and the whole community to take part.

Professor Toni Noble said while individual schools have successfully used the positive education model, this is the first time it is being implemented in a community and she is hopeful it will result in deceased rates of suicide.

“I think this community will be a lighthouse community that will possibly shine a light on what other communities can achieve, particularly in rural communities who often are quite isolated and often experience real challenges whether it be natural disasters, drought or whatever it might be,” said Prof Noble.