Rural — 09 April 2014

A national body says the fact a mental health facility for country people has quickly reached full capacity is symbolic of the pressures being faced in the regions.

A redeveloped rural mental health ward opened last week at Glenside, in Adelaide, and the 23-bed facility is already full.bigstockphoto_Farmer_Moving_Sheep_4199952

The chief executive of the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Dr Jennifer Bowers, says she cannot comment specifically on the facility but she says the situation reflects many concerns.

“People in rural and remote areas are under pressure and they’re under pressure due to environmental and weather patterns like drought, under pressure financially, uncertainty around the economic climate, primary production generally, so there’s a whole range of pressures,” she said.

She says some mental health strategies need reviewing.

“So there’s a whole range of pressures that everybody in rural and remote areas face and so it’s just not the system – the system needs to be rethought and maybe restructured but there is no point in just building more beds,” she said.

This article first appeared on ABC News on 8 April, 2014.


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