Local Leaders | Rural Adversity Mental Health Program: Summer has been hard; are you ok?

The uncertainty of weather conditions during the ongoing drought can impact out mental wellbeing.

Communities currently suffering from drought may have also recently endured other forms of adversity such as the impact of the wide spread bushfires and dust storms.

This can compromise our ability to become or stay resilient. At times like this we need to focus on our personal wellbeing, keeping in mind what is within our current 'control' - and what can we manage.

Tips for self-care

Accept that things like the weather are beyond your control, and look at the things we can control. These include:

Limit the amount of media coverage and social media you and your family see and hear if you feel you are becoming upset or affected.

Stay connected - continuing to attend community events and information days, and catching up with friends and family, will help you to maintain good mental health and manage stress.

Accept that it is okay to not be okay and ask for support.

Try to go to bed and get up around the same time each day.

Eat well and limit alcohol.

Seek help early - this gives you a better chance of a quick recovery and reduces your risk of mental health problems in the future.

Remember that you are not alone - there are others experiencing the same thing and people are willing to help.

Who to talk to

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Otherwise:

  • General practitioners (GPs) for advice, treatment, Mental Health Treatment Plan or referral
  • Specialised mental health clinicians and services, such as psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses or psychiatrists (can be referred by a GP).
  • Telephone support services
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue Support Service 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • MensLine 1300 78 99 78
  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - contact me, your local RAMHP Coordinator, on 0417 131 301 or email Judy.Carmody@health.nsw.gov.au I am not a clinician but I can help link you to services in our area.
  • Or head to the RAMHP website for information and helpful resources including a dedicated page for bushfire support - https://www.crrmh.com.au/programs-and-projects/bushfire-support/