Australia Day

26 January 2015

87 days to go

Rima Chahoud

Mental health activist

The eldest child of Syrian parents who migrated to Australia, Rima is used to taking responsibility for the welfare of others both in her family and professional life.

With an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in social work, Rima has the significant responsibility for providing respite for more than 400 carers of people living with mental illness. Leading a team of 35, she also manages recovery and rehabilitation services.

Since joining the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia Respite Program, Rima has developed specialist resources in suicide awareness training for mental health workers and those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and refugees. She also continues to care for those family members and friends with medical and mental health problems. Her colleagues describe her as the lynchpin of her family and her workplace, determined to make a positive difference every day.

Assertive, capable, empathetic and compassionate, Rima brings her passion for social justice in all that she does winning the respect and admiration of all who know her.