Rural Mental Health Network meets to talk about drought

The Rural Mental Health Network convened on the 28th of November to discuss mental health responses to drought.

The Network was established following severe, and in many cases ongoing drought, that has highlighted a range of problems with the current mental health services provided across rural and remote NSW. As part of a wider response NSW Farmers Association brought together key stakeholders to discuss how best to address rural and remote mental health issues.

The Network considered the list of priority areas, and actions that could be taken to address the ongoing challenges associated with drought throughout rural and remote NSW. The network also talked about the latest Department of Primary Industries' NSW Seasonal Conditions Summary and Drought Assistance available to farmers in affected areas.

The Network is made up of representatives from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, , the National Mental Health Commission, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Farmers Association, Mental Health Association of NSW, beyondblue, R U OK?, General Practitioners NSW, Royal Flying Doctor's Service, Uniting Church, Country Women's Association, Salvation Army, Lifeline, Australian Rotary Health, Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW, Anglicare, Wesley Mission, the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the NSW Nurses' Association.

The Network is scheduled to meet again in early 2014.