Look after yourself this holiday season

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year, don’t forget to look after yourself while caring for your rural community. The Northern Territory PHN has launched a “Christmas in Mind” campaign and put together a helpful list of available crisis support services for anyone experiencing stress, grief or other issues around the holiday season.

Find the list of support services here

RACGP information for GPs impacted by bushfires

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has provided helpful resources for GPs whose practices and communities have been affected by bushfires.

Visit the RACGP website

NSW bushfires assistance

Assistance is available for those who have experienced a loss of income or been adversely affected as a direct result of the NSW bushfires in August, September, October and November 2019.

Visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.

CRANAplus Bush Support Service

The Cranaplus Bush Support Service Toll Free Telephone Counselling and Support Service is available 24/7 to anyone and their family members who provide a health or health related service in rural or remote Australia. To access the free support service, call 1800 805 391.

Visit the website

Supporting drought-affected communities with buy from the bush initiative

Created to encourage metropolitan shoppers to buy from businesses in rural communities facing drought, #buyfromthebush is a social media campaign making a huge difference. Small business owners and sellers in rural communities such as Cobar, Walgett and Gilgandra are featured on the #buyfromthebush Facebook and Instagram pages, which combined have over 120,000 followers.

Another initiative, the public Facebook group One Day Closer to Rain (Drought) – Rural Cottage Crafts has over 34,000 members and is a place for people in rural Australia to sell their homemade crafts.

As the Christmas season approaches, there is no better time to buy from the bush and support drought-affected regional communities.

Read about #buyfromthebush

Video: RAMHP Profile – Tessa Caton

Tessa Caton, Program Manager for the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), speaks about mental health in rural communities. RAMHP exists to educate, encourage and link people to mental health support.

Watch the video