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

Overview

Living away from major cities and towns can have some real benefits, but can also come with its challenges. You can be impacted by reduced job and education opportunities, harsh weather events, and the effects of living and working in isolation. These can all affect your mental health and wellbeing - so it is useful to learn the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety so you can recognise problems and take action.

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

If you are experiencing challenges with your mental health or worried about someone else who may be struggling, it is important 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, regardless of where you live. Have a look through the meaningful life section on this website for some ideas.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017