The term ‘rural Australia’ represents communities outside Australian major cities and includes inner and outer regional areas, remote or very remote areas. Whilst a number of rural communities are drought affected, it is important not to homogenise discussion of suicide prevention in rural communities. There is no single rural or remote community; there are many communities and each area may have distinct needs.
People living in rural communities are affected by a range of stressors unique to living outside major cities, often compounded by low availability of professional help-seeking services. Furthermore, many communities are highly susceptible to drought-related stress.
Life in Mind provides a collection of Australian suicide prevention services and programs aimed at supporting rural communities. Listed below is a selection of related content, with additional programs and services available for Community.