Mental health support for Gippsland farming communities

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) will be one of eight partner agencies, led by Gippsland Lakes Community Health, working to improve access to mental health and wellbeing services for drought affected farming communities in Gippsland.

The services are targeted at people who may not usually seek out, or have easy access to, assistance, and funded by the Victorian Government.

The new services will include additional approaches to traditional centre-based counselling, to enable farmers who cannot leave the farm, or those who are isolated and unlikely to seek help, to do so.

These services will be in addition to the existing services provided by RAV’s Traralgon Centre, which include counselling, family dispute resolution, group work and community events for Gippsland residents working in farming, agriculture or living in rural or remote locations.

If you live in Gippsland, are finding it difficult to manage your situation or would like to talk about RAV can help, call our Traralgon Centre on 1300 359 630 (local call cost) or (03) 5175 9500, or email us.

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