If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, you can call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice.
Having a tough time and need someone to talk to right now? The following services are here to help. They are confidential and available 24/7.
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- Men’s Line Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (For young people aged 5 to 25 years old who are feeling depressed, sad, or lonely – or just need someone to talk to).
- 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
- Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
- Beyondblue Support Service – 1300 22 4636
- Alcohol Drugs Information Service – 1800 250 015
Further Drought Support
DPI Drought Hub
Provides information on services and supports available to prepare for and manage drought.
Drought Support Teams
Hunter New England, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW Local Health Districts have established Drought Support Teams who provide mental health and emotional support for farmers, farming families, local businesses and services who have been affected by the drought.
The support program is flexible and can offer short conversations and information through to ongoing formal counselling. A member of the Drought Support team can visit your farm, home or place of work, or can arrange to meet you any other place when confidentiality can be guaranteed.
To access the service call the following numbers:
Hunter New England – 0477 322 851 | Western – 02 6881 4000 | Murrumbidgee – 0436 811 692
*Please note this is a NSW Health program which is not managed by RAMHP or the CRRMH.
CRANAplus Bush Support Service – 1800 805 391
A free and confidential telephone counselling service for rural and remote area health professionals and their families.
Connects Australian farmers to on-farm, business, household and personal support to manage hardship.
Rural Resilience Program
Links farmers to services and initiatives to build personal and business resilience through Rural Resilience Officers and Rural Support Workers.
Local Land Services – 1300 795 299
Provides services and knowledge in regards to agricultural production, animal health, pest and disease management and environmental threats.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – 1800 686 175
Provides free information and assistance on financial position, budgets and submitting applications to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses.
NSW Rural Assistance Authority – 1800 678 593
Provides assistance to rural producers and small businesses in regional NSW.
Resources to support children during drought.
A youth-focused website which has a dedicated page for drought-affected communities.