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Get your "Glove Box Guide to Mental Health"

The 2018 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health, released by The Land in partnership with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), is a 64 page resource which includes personal stories, advice, support and contact information to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of rural communities.

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The Black Dog Institute Psychological Toolkit

The Psychological Toolkit is a collection of practical resources available for health professionals to assist in the management of mental illnesses in their clinical work. The material includes questionnaires to assist health professionals in the assessment of depression, charts to assist with treatment protocols, tools for self-monitoring, and exercises for patients.

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The Black Dog Institute Podcast Series

The Being Well and Expert Insights podcasts series provide insight and expertise from and for health professionals on a range of mental health issues and topics.

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7 tips from farmers for staying mentally tough during drought

A drought is one of the toughest challenges a farmer can face. It chips away at their finances, emotions and mental health.But in the face of these challenges, their resilience shines through. Rural Weekly has put together some tips from folk from the land on how they stay strong during the dry.

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Big year for doctors’ mental health

MJA InSight has brought together its top 10 articles for 2018 and doctors’ health, with mental health a particularly strong theme. Explore speaking out, seeking help and getting treatment from a personal perspective as individuals share their stories.

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Podcast: Hopelessness is the most infectious disease

GP Dr Jill Benson AM cares deeply about people and their stories. Passionate about Indigenous and refugee health, Dr Benson talks to Jennie Lenman about resilience, gratitude, addressing cultural stereotypes and managing compassion fatigue.

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The Mindful Nurse, Lucinda Jones van-Buuren

Podcast: The Mindful Nurse

The Mindful Nurse, Lucinda Jones van-Buuren, joins Nurse and Midwife Support to discuss how practising mindfulness can assist nurses and midwives. Lucinda has some valuable insights to share, including - don’t be scared to ask for support, self-awareness is essential for a healthy mind, and meditation or mindfulness is an important daily practice to promote wellbeing.This podcast is part of Nurse and Midwife Support’s 2018/19 summer podcast series.

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Support for health professionals

Health professionals can experience depression and anxiety too. If you believe that you may have depression or anxiety it is important that you seek professional advice from one of the organisations below. For resources to help patients and communities, click here.

Beyond Blue

Immediate 24/7 help with a specific Health Services Program providing information and support to help health professionals achieve their best possible mental health.

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Lifeline

Immediate 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

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CRANAplus Bush Support Service

Immediate 24/7 help with a free and confidential telephone counselling service for rural and remote area health professionals and their families.

Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

Immediate 24/7 help and support for doctors and medical students, and for the families and colleagues of doctors in Australia and New Zealand.

RACP

Member support and representation for medical specialists and trainees across Australia and New Zealand.

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RACGP

The GP Support Program is a free service offered by the RACGP available to all Australian RACGP members who are registered medical practitioners, regardless of where you live or work. Members can access professional advice to help cope with life’s stressors which may include personal and work related issues that can impact on their wellbeing, work performance, safety, workplace morale and psychological health.

Nurse & Midwife Support

A 24/7 national support service for nurses & midwives providing access to confidential advice and referral.

“Support is available for nurses, midwives and students living and working in drought affected communities from Nurse & Midwife Support.”

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Pharmacists’ Support Service

Support and telephone counselling related to the many demands of being a pharmacist in Australia. 8am – 11pm everyday.

Doctors’ Health Services

Delivery of health advisory and referral services for doctors and medical students.

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Australian Medical Association

‘Healthy doctors, healthy patients’ is a well-known maxim of the medical profession.’ Doctors need to be well to provide high-quality health care to their patients and the community, and to experience medicine as a rewarding and satisfying career.

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Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

Recognised as the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals (AHPs) working in the public and private sector.

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Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH)

Leadership in rural and remote mental health research, working closely with rural communities and our valued partners to provide evidence-based service design, delivery and education in NSW.

GP Psychiatry Support Line

A free service to GPs to help you manage the care of mental health consumers. 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

Setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice.

SANE Australia – Forums

Acceptance, connection, support. Share the journey.
Safe, anonymous mental health discussion, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals.

  • connect with a respectful, accepting community
  • read stories from people like you
  • post your questions, responses and story
  • find trusted information from SANE Australia

Support for communities and patients

Department of Primary Industries
Rural Resilience Program
DroughtHub

A range of services are available to support the wellbeing of NSW primary producers and their families delivered through the NSW Government, Commonwealth Government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

NSW Farmers’ Drought Network

Service information, links to assistance and services to individuals and families conducting, directly or indirectly, primary production businesses, who are being impacted by drought conditions in NSW.

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National Centre for Farmer Health

Research, education, information and service delivery to improve health, wellbeing and safety for farmers and farm workers.

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Health Resources

Emotional & Social Wellbeing resources

Managing Stress on the farm booklet

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network

Mental Health Support for Drought Affected Families including:

  • Free short-term psychological therapy by qualified Allied Health professionals
  • Early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year-olds and promotion of wellbeing in young people
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Aussie Helpers and Virtual Psychologists

“No one wants to admit things are tough, and farmers are some of the proudest people in Australia. But sometimes they need our help, especially before it’s too late. Aussie Helpers stays in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their well being and survival through good and bad times.”

Virtual Psychologist work with Aussie Helpers to offer free 24/7 psychological counseling services to drought affected farmers via SMS, chat, email and phone.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)

People living in rural areas are more likely to seek help from people they trust such as their agents, suppliers, sales representatives, local community and sporting groups. We provide these people with the skills and confidence to help link people to mental health support.