HOW WE CAN HELP
The severe drought, devastating bushfires and then Covid-19 affecting NSW is having a significant impact on the economic prosperity of rural communities.
It is causing considerable distress to individuals reliant on agricultural production, and to frontline staff providing services to these communities.
The following support services are available.
Mental Health Support
If you feel you or someone you know needs immediate help call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit their website www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
Please visit RAMHP’s website at www.ramhp.com.au or read the following extraction from the About Us page on their website.
“We are here to educate, encourage and link people to mental health support.
People living in rural areas are more likely to seek help from people they trust such as their agents, suppliers, sales representatives, local community and sporting groups. We provide these people with the skills and confidence to help link people to mental health support. If you would like more information about our community and workplace support skills training, please click here.
What They Do
“Living and working across regional, rural and remote NSW, we are uniquely placed to identify and link people in your community experiencing mental health concerns to mental health support.
Through innovative projects, local and national partnerships, mental health information, tailored advice, workshops and short courses, we ensure that you know how and where to find help when you need it.”
For more information about RAMHP, click here RAMHP Explainer Card.
National Association for Loss & Grief
NALAG a local community managed organisation with branches in rural NSW has been funded to run a series of sponsored and organised local events to encourage community engagement and awareness of local services, where farming families came to town to enjoy a free BBQ and can receive a free mental health and physical health check-up.
Ten community events are planned over the next 12 months with more to follow. NALAG also offers a free telephone counselling service to those experiencing loss or grief. National Association for Loss & Grief 02 6882 9222 (During Business Hours)
Free ‘farm gate’ counselling and support will be available to people living and working in areas impacted by drought.
This support will be available at a venue that suits the individual and their family – on the farm, in offices, at a café or via telephone.
Local Health Districts will recruit six new clinicians and eight peer workers to deliver counselling and support to key areas in Hunter New England, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW local health districts. For information about local services, contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
Contact us today if you want high quality free, impartial & confidential assistance.