The long-term impact of stressful situations like drought can have a long-term effect on communities, including their mental health and wellbeing. There is also a ripple effect in rural communities and associated industries such as farmers, stock and station agents, cattle buyers, agricultural contractors, professional services, shops and schools.
Rural communities will need continued support to sustain mental wellbeing and to prevent mental health problems and deaths by suicide.
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of farmers, their families and drought-affected communities.
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is one of our major programs and links people to appropriate mental health support through training workplace and community members to recognise and provide support to someone who they think may be experiencing a mental health problem. Currently, we have 19 RAMHP Coordinators located across NSW.
To find a RAMHP Coordinator in your local area – click on the postcode locator.
For information on how to conduct safe and hopeful conversations and coverage about drought, review this guide.
For other resources, information and support for drought-affected communities, please click on a link below: