The severe drought affecting parts of rural Australia is causing significant distress for many people – financially, physically and emotionally.
Beyond Blue wants to reassure these communities that support is available. Below is a list of helpful resources for those experiencing financial hardship, stress and psychological distress.
“People in rural Australia are known for their resilience, but even the most resilient among us need extra support at times. We want everyone to know that support is available and encourage people to seek advice. Asking for support is a sign of strength – not weakness,” Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said.
Financial hardship, isolation and stigma can take a toll on farmers in distress, placing their mental health at risk.
“You are not alone and you don’t have to go it alone,” Ms Harman said.
Beyond Blue commends all those involved in the relief effort – state and federal governments, mental health organisations, fundraising bodies, non-profits, private companies and the many other groups and individuals rallying to support our farming, rural and regional communities at this difficult time.
The Commonwealth will invest $11.4 million in mental health support initiatives.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else and need to talk, the Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
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Phone: 1300 22 4636.