COVID 19: Update on Rural Aid’s Counselling Services:

Rural Aid Counselling Services are now available to our Registered Farmers exclusively via Phone or Video-Conference, in compliance with further measures of self-isolation and social distancing, recently announced by the Government, to combat the COVID 19

The agony of anxiety. How to cope with the heebie jeebies.

Session: 19th August, 6pm

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Jane: Health boundaries are like solid fences – how are your fences?

Session:16th September, 6pm

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Zoe: Strengthening relationships and navigating conflict in stressful times.

14 October, 6pm

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Previous Sessions


11/06/2020 – what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed and how to break it all down into manageable parts

If you have missed the webinar on find the recorded session here


15/07/2020 – Raising resilient kids in the bush.

If you have missed the webinar find the recorded session here

Download the Presentation Here


Rural Aid’s counselling program provides critical support to farmers during times of natural disaster. To meet the increasing crisis in the bush, Rural Aid has employed qualified, nationally registered counsellors who visit farmers and rural communities and live within their communities for a minimum of three years at a time. This minimum term allows our counsellors to develop long-term relationships with individuals, families, community groups and other non-government organisations, to help build a holistic approach to community support.

Our program differs from other  programs available because it is specialised to our demographics and we offer, in addition to the counselling component delivered by registered counsellors, practical assistance which also connects our farmers with different support systems. Research has shown three significant factors that can directly influence the delivery of counselling services within rural communities: stigma and social isolation and mental health literacy. (Fuller; Edwards, Procter & Moss, 2000). Our approach to counselling was created to mitigate all the aforementioned factors.

Whilst technology (online) is used widely within the broader counselling sector, we know, through experience, that on-farm sessions produce the best results because they create a comfortable non-intimidatory environment that farmers respond to.  Farmers often work in isolation and can sometimes go days without seeing another person, so the social interaction through an on-farm counsellor is appreciated.

Rural Aid currently has six counsellors based in Brisbane, West Wyalong, Toowoomba, Cessnock and Bathurst. They conducted over 2,300 face-to-face and phone counselling sessions in 2018/2019. Importantly, our counsellors made 5,000 outbound calls last financial year to farmers on our database. This engagement informs ‘our’ registered farmers of this service.

The cost of this service is $150,000 per year per counsellor, a minimum three-year term costs us $450,000. There can be no cost put on this service in terms of lives saved, every life is precious. Your support via donation will help us fund this necessary service.

If you’d like to talk with a counsellor please call us on 1300327624 or any one of the counsellors.  If you know someone you feel could do with a call or a personal visit, please complete this form for us to get in contact with them. All contact will be private and confidential and any referrals are treated in the highest ethical manner.

Queensland

Lilian Mariano – Clinical Director, Brisbane Head Office
lilian.mariano@ruralaid.org.au
Ph 1300327624

Terry Long – Brisbane Head Office
terence.long@ruralaid.org.au
Mobile 0476056262

Jane McCollum – Toowoomba
jane.mccollum@ruralaid.org.au
Mobile 0428234743

New South Wales

Gary Bentley – Upper Hunter, west to Merriwa
gary.bentley@ruralaid.org.au
Mobile 0499527327

Zoe Cox – Bathurst & Surrounds
zoe.cox@ruralaid.org.au
Mobile 0428445831

Glenda Carter – The Riverina
glenda.carter@ruralaid.org.au
Mobile 0427754498

TESTIMONIALS

“I wanted to take the time to write to sincerely thank you for your drought assistance. The gift cards that you sent were very much appreciated. As we are about to go into 8 years of drought with minimal to no useful rain in the past 2 years, things have been extremely difficult and it is also difficult to express how much the assistance / support is appreciated. Please pass on my sincere thank you to the citizens and businesses that have contributed to Rural Aid.”

Ray Bennett

“Very much appreciated and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”ted and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”

Barry and Helen

“Words can’t express our gratitude for the support of ‘Rural Aid’, something we have never considered before. We have always ‘got by’, but our family suggested we apply for this. We are overwhelmed by this generosity, thanks again.”

June and Darryl Joe Kong

“We just want to say a big thank you for the financial assistance that Rural Aid has recently given. We are extremely grateful and it certainly does make a difference.”

Sally Archibald