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Rima Niemz (nee Chahoud) – Mental health activist

With an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters Degree in social work, Rima has the significant responsibility of managing Mental Health Recovery support and services for people living with mental illness in South Australia.

Since joining the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia 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. Rima is a proactive volunteer for the St Johns Circle of Friends Treasured Stories Program. In her volunteering role Rima provides company to elderly people in the community and offers them an opportunity to write their life story with them.

She also continues to care for those family members and friends with medical and mental health problems. 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.

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.


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