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Depression rural assistance

  1. 1. Rural assistance Help is available: Australian Psychological Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800 333 497 (Find a Psychologist) beyondblue info line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 22 4636 Bush Crisis Line and Support Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800 805 391 (24 hour support for rural and remote health practitioners and their families) Centrelink Drought Assistance Line.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 23 16 Centrelink Family Assistance and Parent Information Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 61 50 Centrelink Farmer and Small Business Assistance Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800 050 585 Kids Help Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800 551 800 Lifeline.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 11 14 (24 hour phone counselling) Lifeline Information Service.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 13 11 14 Mensline Australia.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 789 978 Relationships Australia.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 364 277 SANE Helpline (Monday to Friday office hours). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800 187 263 Suicide Call Back Service Referral Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 659 467 Trans-Help Foundation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 787 996 (Support for transport drivers and their families) Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dial 000 www.abc.net.au/water/drought/ ABC News – Drought-related information www.beyondblue.org.au www.centrelink.gov.au Information on depression and where to get help Information on income support and referrals to counsellors www.counsellingonline.org.au www.crufad.org Online drug and alcohol counselling Information on depression, anxiety and its management www.depressionet.com.au www.farmsafe.org.au Online information and support forums Information on health and safety for farmers/families www.kidshelpline.com.au Online counselling for young people www.menslineaus.org.au Support for men with family and relationship problems www.moodgym.anu.edu.au Online psychological therapy www.psychology.org.au Australian Psychological Society – Find a psychologist www.reachout.com.au Information to help young people through tough times www.relationships.com.au Relationships Australia – relationships counselling www.transhelpfoundation.com.au www.youthbeyondblue.com Advice and support for transport drivers and their families beyondblue’s website for young people – info. on depression www.beyondblue.org.au ✆ 1300 22 4636
  2. 2. Tackling depression in tough times Stress It’s important to note that stress is not depression. However, acute distress, associated with tough times, can occur and may be a risk factor for depression if it persists. Stress Busters – Helpful Hints Depression Indicators • Avoid isolation – spend time with friends and family. • Persistent feelings of sadness • Find positive ways to “let off steam”. Don’t bottle up feelings. • Try to eat well and get enough rest. • Reduce caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and marijuana. • Exercise every day. It improves well-being. • Identify what is important and prioritise. Learn to say “no”. Depression is not a weakness, it’s a serious condition for which effective treatments are available – medical, non-medical or a combination of both. If you or someone you know has some of these common symptoms of depression and they’ve persisted for more than two weeks, please consult a doctor or other health professional. • Feelings of failure, worthlessness or guilt • Feeling overwhelmed • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities • Withdrawal from family and friends • Frequent anger or frustration • Lack of confidence • Poor concentration or indecisiveness • Tiredness • Sleeping problems • Feeling sick and rundown • Changes in appetite • Overuse or reliance on alcohol, prescribed or illicit drugs With the right treatment, recovery from depression is common. For more information on depression, treatments and where to get help visit www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 22 4636 (local call).

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