Support for Rural Communities
The potential hardship associated with living in rural and remote
communities (including drought, fire, flood, isolation, etc…) can have huge consequences in terms of mental and physical health, as well as the social and economic impacts.
On this page you will find information about some of the services offered across Western NSW Local Health District to support our communities experiencing hardship.
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is a major program of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, in partnership with each of the rural NSW Health Districts.
RAMHP has coordinators based across rural and remote NSW, with some covering Western NSW LHD.
Their role is to inform, educate and connect individuals,
communities and workplaces with appropriate services and programs.
Find our more about RAMHP
To learn more, access information about training programs and a range of downloadable resources, or to find a RAMHP Coordinator in your local area, head to the
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Rural & Drought Support Team
The Rural & Drought Support Team consists of everyday people with lived experience of life on the land.
The team are non-clinical but have a first-hand understanding of the effects of drought and other rural hardships, including how they may impact a person's life and wellbeing. They can provide free, confidential, one-on-one support to people from our rural communities - from farmers and families, to shop owners, schools or fellow health professionals, and are available to have a chat and help connect people with other services.
Support when & where it is needed
Click on Drought Support Team Brochure to download a copy, including contact details. The team are mobile - they will travel to meet with people needing their services or are available to chat via phone, text or email.
To access the team call
(02) 6881 4002, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm. Outside these hours anyone with concerns about their mental health or that of a friend or loved one should call the Mental Health Line on
1800 011 511.
We know that at times people may not wish to seek support from a team member who lives in the same town or knows them personally, so feel free to contact other members of the team.
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Rural Youth Mental Health Service
The Rural Youth Mental Health Service (RYMH) is delivered by the Benevolent Society and offers early intervention services for young people (12-25) with, or at risk of, mental illness.
For young people not already in contact with a support service, or who find it difficult to access or engage with a service, RYMH will be there to help them make a positive change. Young people can ask for support from the program themselves, or be referred by a community organisation.