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Crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.

To talk to somone now call Lifeline for immediate 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

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.

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.

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.

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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Behind the Seen

Behind the Seen trains emergency service personnel and their families to:

  • understand the possible effects of attending a traumatic incident
  • implement preventative strategies to avoid stress overload
  • recognise early warning signs
  • provide peer support at a local level.

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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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a translational research institute that provides tools, clinical resources, and training.

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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.

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.

Doctors’ Health Services

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

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GP Psychiatry Support Line

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

Lifeline

Immediate 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

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Medical Benevolent Association of NSW (MBANSW)

MBANSW provides confidential counselling and financial assistance at no cost during crisis, illness, impairment, accident, loss and grief to support

  • medical practitioners and their families
  • families of deceased doctors
  • others as determined by the council.

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.

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.

RACP

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

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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

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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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

The RANZCP is committed to supporting members experiencing difficulty. Confidential advice is available to all members of the RANZCP. Call the Member Welfare Support Line for support on any issue that affects your physical or mental wellbeing. This service operates between 8.30am – 5pm AEST Monday-Friday (or call out of hours and leave a message to receive a call-back).

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1800 941 002 (AU)

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0800 220 728 (NZ)

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ranzcp.org

Support for communities and patients

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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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a translational research institute that provides tools, clinical resources, and training.

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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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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

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.