Mental Health Support for the Bush

13:03' 06-06-2018
The Turnbull Government will provide funding to support the mental health of farmers, mining workers and Indigenous Australians living in rural and regional Australia.

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    Two counselling organisations, Aussie Helpers and Rural and Remote Mental Health, would each receive $1 million to further support the mental health of people living in the bush.

    The $2 million investment will assist the organisations to deliver a range of mental health support programs including suicide-prevention measures.

    This investment will enable Aussie Helpers, in partnership with Virtual Psychologist, and Rural and Remote Mental Health, to provide more support for people living and working in country communities.

    Aussie Helpers’ Virtual Psychologist is a great example of an organisation utilising modern technology to overcome long distances. It provides a 24-hour SMS and phone counselling service for rural and remote communities as well as advice and referral service for local practitioners.

    Rural and Remote Mental Health’s initiatives include tailored support for the agricultural and mining sectors as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Importantly, like the Virtual Psychologist program, Rural and Remote Mental Health’s programs are backed up by a strong online presence and telephone support available 24-7.

    Mental illness does not discriminate and it is estimated that nearly half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime.

    The Turnbull Government committed to investing in the mental health of all Australians including people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

    The 2018-19 Federal Budget included an additional $338.1 million for mental health funding.

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