Remote men’s shed breaking down clan and health barriers for Wadeye locals

Clan rivalry in the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye has historically been the source of violence and riots, but a new men’s shed is helping break down some of those tensions with great success. The [...]

Farmer’s recovery from depression which led to two suicide attempts shows cost of drought at family level

DAIRY farmer Steve Germon knows what it’s like to be on the brink of suicide. He has been there twice in the past three years. He can’t remember what saved him in 2015, but those lonely [...]

Rural and Remote Mental Health Services in Need of Overhaul

Mental health services in rural and remote areas needs a complete overhaul according to the National Rural Health Alliance, which has found there are only two psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in remote Australia. NRHA undertook [...]

Distressed country people don’t recognise mental illness

A third of country people who suffer moderate to high psychological distress don’t think they have a mental health problem. That’s the key finding of research published today in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, the [...]

FIFO workers’ health and wellbeing under spotlight in Pilbara

Mental health and wellbeing of men living in remote Western Australian mining communities are being placed at the forefront in the Pilbara during Men’s Health Week (June 11-17). The remote mining and construction workforce experiences psychological distress [...]

Rural families gain access to childhood behavioural support

For the first time, parents living in regional and remote NSW can gain access to vital early childhood behavioural support through an online help program, with UNSW researchers leading the push for permanent services. Parents in [...]

Get off Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to reduce anxiety and stress, farmers advised

Too much time spent on social media is increasing anxiety and stress for some primary producers, and they are being warned to reduce their online interactions and instead focus on what is within their control. Agricultural [...]

Mental health distress more prevalent among FIFO workers than general community

Psychological distress is significantly more prevalent in the remote mining and construction workforce than in the general community, new research has found. Social isolation, roster patterns and the strain on relationships are all adding to the [...]

Trial tackles FIFO depression

A mental health program focused on alleviating the mental health stresses felt by fly-in, fly-out workers in an attempt to address on-site depression and anxiety is being trialled at one of the Goldfields’ major gold mines. [...]

FIFO mental health study sparks social media backlash

A researcher has been shocked by the backlash over a study that found most fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers did not seek mental health support because they felt they should toughen up. Senior lecturer at CQUniversity and [...]