“The reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. However, access to mental health services is substantially more limited than in major cities. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. (National Rural Health Alliance Inc)
When providing mental health support to a person living in a rural or remote location it is important to consider:
… there are a range of mental health services that can be accessed by people in rural areas on-line or over the phone, including information, counselling and programs.
- A person with lived experience of a mental health condition
When supporting someone in a rural or remote location, the most important thing is to see them as a person first, with their individual beliefs, culture and goals, while also understanding the context of their location.
Your support should include:
Each person in a rural or remote location will be different. It is important to avoid stereotyping such as “all country people are down to earth”. Listen, ask and clarify, and build trust by being respectful, reliable and honest.
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)This web page provides information about this statewide program that links rural people to the information, resources and services that they require to support their mental health. The program is managed by Grand Pacific Health, in partnership with rural NSW Local Health Districts.
RAMHP has 20 Coordinators employed by Local Health Districts across regional, rural and remote NSW - who provide health promotion and educational activities in their local communities and link individuals with appropriate services. Find your local coordinator here Get support - RAMHP
Rural Mental HealthThis fact sheet provides an overview of rural mental health issues and ways to access help.
Type: Fact SheetEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Lifeline
Supporting yourself - rural and remote peopleThis website has links to resources and suggests ways to access support.Type: WebsiteEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Head to Health
Mental health helplinesThis web page provides links to a range of mental health helplines.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 MinutesProduced by: Health Direct
Let’s talk - apps and online programs for mental health concernsThis fact sheet provides contact information for a range of services available over the phone.Type: Fact SheetLength: 2 pagesProduced by: Grand Pacific Health
Let’s talk - where to find help for mental health concernsThis fact sheet lists tips for having a conversation with someone you are concerned about. It also suggests ways to find help for mental health concerns.Type: Fact SheetLength: 4 pagesProduced by: Grand Pacific Health
Lets talk -rural adversity
Produced by: Grand Pacific Health