Rural Mental Health Resources

This list was kindly compiled by Queensland Rural Mental Health champion, Alison Fairleigh 

• Lifeline Australia 13 11 14

• Beyondblue 1300 22 46 36

• NCFH - National Centre for Farmer Health provides leadership in research, education, information and service delivery to improve health, wellbeing and safety for farmers and farm workers.

• Victoria's Mental Health Services rural service areas

• Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service

• Headspace provides mental and health wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across Australia.

• Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

• Australian Mens Shed Association is funded by the Federal Government to provide initial and ongoing practical support for the development of all Mens Sheds.

• Ballarat Health Services Mental Health Services  is a recovery-orientated mental healthservice that provides a comprehensive range of internationally recognised, evidence-based and "best practice" treatments to clients and their families. Our services are open to people of all ages who have, or are at risk of developing, mental health problems. Anyone can contact Mental Health Services if they are worried about their own changes in mood, ideas or behaviour, or someone else living in the region
 
• Glove Box Guide to Mental Health - published by The Land

• 1800 RESPECT - National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service for people living in Australia.


• Anglicare

• Aspire is a non-government community based agency which provides non clinical services in the mental health sector in Southwest (SW) Victoria and across Tasmania

• Aussie Farmers Foundation was formed to support country Australia by funding charitable organisations whose initiatives and work directly benefits the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities.

• Aussie Helpers  visits to farming families are not meant to solve any major problems however at times just knowing that someone cares about them and their difficult situation in the bush offers a little hope of better days ahead. Australian Centre for Agricultural Health & Safety 

  • Australian Counselling Association - The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is Australia's largest peak body and registry for Counsellors and Psychotherapists with over 3,500 members. ACA serves a crucial role in advocating and advancing the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling represents a cost-effective alternative for those looking for therapeutic support.

• Beacon is your portal to online applications for mental and physical disorders.A panel of health experts categorise, review and rate websites. These ratings are provided to you along with the site link and access information.

• Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

• BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with farmers and families in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the farmers, our volunteers help to rebuild fences that have been damaged or destroyed.

• Carers Australia  Carers are an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. Caring may include help and support in any of the activities of daily life of the person being cared for.  It may include physical and personal care and assistance such as dressing, lifting, showering, feeding or providing transport. Commonly carers are responsible for the management of medications.  Carers provide emotional, social or financial support.  Caring may also involve helping the person they are caring for to be organised, reminding them to attend appointments and dealing with emergencies. Australia has about 2.6 million carers or 12% of the population.

• Country Women's Association of Australia

• Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608 Families can contact the Helpline 24-7 for support, information and connection with their local community.

• depressioNet  Here you will find a comprehensive resource for information, help to access professionals, treatments, tools, etc throughout Australia, and peer support in our messageboard and chat rooms.

• E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.  Established by Australian National University researchers, it provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

• Living is for Everyone is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia

• LivingWorks Australia's mission is to create learning experiences that help communities prevent suicide. We aim to provide sustainable, life-assisting resources in the community so that the benefits of our programs live on. We seek to promote suicide aware communities where people are more alert to suicide intervention opportunities.

• Managing in Drought

• Managing the Pressures of Farming Handbook Farmers have put this manual together with the help of researchers, rural counsellors and health workers as part of the Farm Family Business Project. It is based on information that farmers in north-west NSW have provided about the impact of common pressures they face in their farm family businesses. The manual aims to point to the things we can do as a business, family and by ourself to manage the pressures in farming.

• MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

• Mental Health First Aid first aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

• Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) is a national network of service providers, with members in every state and territory working alongside individuals and families affected by serious mental illness.

• MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.  MoodGYM was designed and developed by staff at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University.

• myCompass is an interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians. myCompass is a guide to good mental health – it points you in the right direction. You can track your moods, write about them and view information and tips. You can also choose to do one of the modules designed to help you manage mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression.

• Odyssey House Victoria has been a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction for over 30 years. Odyssey House Victoria's mission is to provide opportunities for change and growth by reducing drug use, improving mental health and reconnecting people to their family and the community.

• Older Men : New Ideas

• On Track aims to support the Australian community to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. There are many Australians who do not access health care services for a range of reasons such as distance and cost. Making services available online means that more people will be able to get help for their mental and physical health concerns. OnTrack offers free access to online programs, information, quizzes and advice.

• PTSD Forum   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a life threatening, debilitating disorder that can break down a sufferer’s body through anxiety and stress. Further it poses a significant suicide risk resulting from the brains neurological imbalance and chemical depression. Sufferers often live in denial, thus this community is aimed at helping PTSD sufferers help themselves through others experiences, guidance and education. We are here for the sufferer, spouse and families surrounding PTSD. Spouses and family are too often forgotten in this equation, and often they receive all the worst that PTSD has to offer. If you're involved in any way with PTSD, get registered and help yourself now.

• Reach Out Australia provides young people with the information, help, support, advice and connections they need to manage mental health.

• Relationships Australia 1300 364 277

• Royal Flying Doctor Service - Clinical Services

• Rural Alive and Well (RAW) - Tasmania Rural Alive and Well Inc is a not for profit organisation delivering suicide prevention and community wellbeing services to the Central Highlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay and Southern Midlands Municipalities in Tasmania. Rural Alive & Well Inc is also funded to provide a suicide prevention and community wellbeing service for Forest Workers, their families and associated businesses who have been impacted by recent changes to the Forest Industry within Tasmania.

• Rural Health Channel is the first nationally available free-to-air health TV channel. The Rural Health Channel is being broadcast on Channel 600 via the Aurora Digital satellite system which carries VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) services. VAST services provide digital TV to people who cannot receive terrestrial digital television and currently reach 84,000 households. Government estimates expect this number to grow to 400,000 by the end of next year.

• Rural Mental Health Support Line 1800 201 123 (NSW)

• SANE Australia 1800 187 263

• StandBy Response Service – Across Australia is a community based program that provides a 24 hour coordinated crisis response to assist families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide

• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia.

• Suicide Prevention Australia Position Statement on Responding to Suicide in Rural Australia.

• Young Carers are children and young people up to 25 years of age who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.