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Mental Health, Emotional and Social Support

Emergency support

See information on Emergency Support.

DroughtHub NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Includes links to a wide range of services to support the wellbeing of farmers and their families.

Visit the website.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)

RAMHP provides mental health information, tailored advice, workshops, and short courses to increase community knowledge and resilience as well as ensuring that you know how and where to find help when needed. RAMHP Coordinators are uniquely placed to identify and link people in your community experiencing mental health concerns to mental health support.

For services:


Provides drought counselling, financial counselling and assistance, and psychosocial mental health support for those affected by drought, or who require assistance in advocating with agencies to overcome debt, or money education and management.

Visit the website or phone (02) 6701‑8200.

Drought Support Program

The drought support program provides mental health and emotional support to farmers, farming families, local businesses, and service providers affected by drought across the Hunter New England Local Health District. It provides free on-farm (or at an agreed location), confidential, and practical assistance to support people tough times.

Drought Psychologist, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)

The HNELHD Drought Psychologist position was established in 2020 to provide a service across drought affected rural areas of HNELHD and is based in Armidale.

The service is available to individuals and families living in rural areas of HNELHD experiencing significant drought-related distress. Counselling and psychological support is provided by a senior clinical psychologist.


Phone (02) 6762‑9200. See locations.


Phone (02) 6766‑1394. See locations.

Hunter Primary Care

Phone (02) 4926‑0529. See locations.

Youth Mental Health Services – Headpace

Provides online and telephone support and counselling to young people aged 12 to 25 years, and their families and friends, from 9.00 am to 1.00 am, 7 days a week.

Phone (02) 6762‑9290 or visit eheadspace

Rural Resilience Program (Department of Primary Industries)

The service can:

For services:

Virtual Psychologist

Free 24 hour psychological counselling services to drought affected farmers via:


Digital Drought Care Package – an online resource designed to help people cope and stay hopeful.

Visit the website.


A website designed to help Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day.

Visit the website.

Centacare – Family Rural Resilience Program

A free program for families, carers, children, and young people to enhance their well‑being and have great relationships.

Visit the website or phone 1800‑372‑826.


The Farmsafe Australia network includes information and resources for managing the pressures of farming and mental wellbeing for farming families.

Visit the website or phone (02) 6269‑5622.

Country Women's Association of NSW

Helps local communities, by creating a network of support and meeting together.

Visit the website to locate the closest branch or phone: (02) 8337‑0200.

Salvation Army Rural Chaplains

Provides support for people in regional and remote areas who need practical assistance, or who would benefit from a listening ear and a hand of friendship.

Phone: (02) 9466‑3544.

St. Vincent De Paul Rural Task Force

Provides personal support, farm visits, advocacy, clothing, and some financial assistance.

Phone: (02) 9560‑2666.

Neighbourhood Centres

May provide support with referral to services and access to brokerage and emergency welfare funding.

To find a neighbourhood centre, visit Local Community Services Association – Find a Centre.

Mental Health Outpatient and Community Services


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