Rural doctor reflects on changes in treating mental health

ABC Rural We often talk about the patients in rural communities dealing with mental health issues, but what about the doctors who help them? Many young medical students are sent to rural and remote communities as a requirement for their studies, preparation not offered to those before them. Queensland doctor and academic, Tarun Sen Gupta has worked in medicine for more than 30 years. At the age of 24 he …

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Goondiwindi farmer encourages conversations around mental health and depression

ABC Rural, 11 September 2015. As Australia marked R U OK? day this week, with the aim of combating depression and suicide by encouraging people to check on the welfare of friends, colleagues and family, one farmer reflected on his own mental health struggles. Five years ago, Dave Woods, a farmer from northwest of Goondiwindi, shared his story about coping with depression with the ABC. At the time Mr Woods …

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Emerald agencies get together to improve mental health

People with a mental illness don’t just need services specifically related to mental health, they may also be using other services such as housing, employment, government or even justice. That’s why it’s important that all of these agencies have an understanding of what each other does so that they can help people more effectively. Katherine Armstrong is the Partners in Recovery facilitator for Anglicare in Emerald who came up with …

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A young voice on the topic of rural depression

By Sally Bryant ABC RURAL As the eastern states move deeper into drought, as the Federal Government considers its options for drought support, and state governments are forced to expand assistance packages, the issue of rural mental health is once again on the agenda. But one young farmer, writer and rural commentator says he thinks the issue needs to be uppermost in people’s minds all the time, not just during …

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