The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is a state-wide program funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, that links rural people to the help they need. RAMHP is managed by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), in partnership with each of the rural NSW Local Health Districts.

The program was first established in 2007 as the Drought Mental Health Assistance Package. From 2010 the program aimed to more broadly address the mental health impacts of rural adversity in NSW, and became known as RAMHP.

What we do

RAMHP works to address the short and long-term mental health needs of rural and remote communities in NSW affected by sudden and prolonged adverse conditions.

We identify individuals living in rural and remote NSW who are experiencing or are at risk of developing mental health challenges, and link these people to appropriate mental health services and programs, so rural people get the help they need.

What is rural adversity?

Economic, social and environmental conditions that threaten or impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote areas.

RAMHP links people to the help they need

Working across NSW, RAMHP coordinators use information and education strategies and innovative projects to build on the strengths of individuals and communities, and to connect people to care.

In doing so, we inform, educate and connect rural individuals, families and carers with services and programs that will provide appropriate treatment and support for their special circumstances.

As RAMHP coordinators are embedded in their communities, they are uniquely placed to work in partnership with a range of local agencies to facilitate better mental health outcomes.