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Mental health support

As if 2019 wasn’t bad enough, many producers have experienced a devastating start to 2020 with catastrophic bushfires roaring through millions of hectares of farm land and the prolonged drought continuing to tighten its grip.

These are challenging times, but you don’t have to deal with it all by yourself.

If you need someone to talk to or just want to read up on some resources to help you get into a better headspace, check out the links below.


If you’re thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis, get in touch with Lifeline:
Call: 13 11 14 (open 24 hours)
Text: 0477 131 114 (6pm – Midnight Sydney time)
Live online chat (7pm – Midnight Sydney time)


Talk to someone

No one needs to face their problems alone. If you’re struggling with your mental health, get in touch with a trained professional from one of the organisations below – they’re here to help.

Beyond Blue Suicide call back service

Beyond Blue offers phone, live chat, email and online forum services for anyone who just wants to talk – no problem is too big or small. 
Call: 1300 22 4636 

Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide.
Call: 1300 659 467


Do you find it too hard to talk face-to-face or over-the-phone about your mental health? Virtual Psychologist offers a free text/online service so you can get help wherever, whenever.
Text: 0488 807 266


How to support others

Is someone you know struggling with their mental health, or have you noticed they’re not acting like themselves? Check out the resources below for help with supporting someone who’s doing it tough.

Farmer in the outback RUOK Handshake

Recognising the signs

Before you attempt to have a conversation with someone about their mental health, it helps to know the symptoms

How to ask ‘R U Ok?’

Here’s a quick, simple guide on how to have the conversation with a friend, family member or colleague who you suspect might be struggling.

R U Ok has also compiled a Mateship Manual, which includes a few simple steps to starting a conversation with a mate you’re worried about. 

Supporting someone with a mental health condition

Do you know of someone with a diagnosed mental health condition or have you recognised something isn’t quite right?

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you support them.


Self help

If you’d prefer to access support online, there’s a whole range of resources and tools out there to help you get back into a positive mindset. 

Black dog institute You Got This Mate Beyond now

The Black Dog Institute’s online clinic provides a free mental health assessment tool. After the assessment, you’ll receive a personalised report with suggested support services and resources. 

You Got This Mate is a website which provides action-focused tips, information and resources to help rural men reach their best possible mental health.


Beyond Blue’s ‘Beyond Now’ is a suicide safety planning app to keep you safe through tough times.

Create your personal plan so you’re more prepared if the burden becomes too much.


Coping with fire, drought and flood

Unfortunately, drought, fires and floods have plagued Australian farm businesses for hundreds of years – but that’s not to say they don’t have a significant impact on our mental health. Here are some tips and tools to help you cope with the stress of these natural disasters.

Bushfire Drought Flooded paddock


It’s important to distinguish between common reactions to bushfires and signs you need additional support. Find out more. 


In this podcast, hear from other producers and advisors about how you can focus on your mental health when there’s no rain on the horizon.

Virtual Psychologist also has some great psychological health tips for drought-affected producers. 


Lifeline has compiled a toolkit to help you manage the stress of floods and other extreme climate events.

Find out what strategies you can implement right now


Looking after yourself after a disaster

Looking after yourself after a disaster

Some people can develop anxiety or depression after experiencing a traumatic event or natural disaster. Here are some tips to help you cope.

Bushfire mental health funding

The Federal Government has pledged $76 million to support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by bushfires. Find out more about the funding.