“Living in the country means we all know each other and that can be very difficult, but there are lots of positives too.”
Leann

Overview

Living away from major cities and towns can have some real benefits, but can also come with challenges. You can be impacted by fewer job and education opportunities, and the effects of living and working in isolation. Depending on where you live, there can also be harsh weather events now and then. All these factors can affect your mental health and wellbeing. So, learning the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions can help you notice them early and take the necessary action.

While people in rural and remote Australia experience mental health issues at the same rate as those in the cities, they can face challenges in accessing health care and support services. Online and telephone support services can help to close this gap by providing instant access to support. Specific support – including for farmers and farming families – is available through mental health websites.

If you are experiencing challenges with your mental health or worried about someone else who may be struggling, it is crucial to reach out to someone who can help.

Strengthening your overall mental health and wellbeing – including taking care of your health and connecting with others – is a positive thing that anyone can do, no matter where you live. Have a look through the meaningful life section on this website for some ideas.

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Page last updated 13th December 2017