Rural Aid is proud to announce the arrival of our Counselling service, supporting rural communities across Australia starting July 1 2018.
At a time when we are meant to be connected as a society, isolation, loneliness, depression, suicide and mental health rates are all climbing. After much consideration we have decided that to meet the increasing crisis in the bush Rural Aid will employ qualified, nationally registered counsellors who will visit farmers and rural communities and live within their communities for a minimum of 3 years at a time.
This minimum term will allow 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.
The cost of this service is $150,000 per year per counsellor, a minimum 3 year term costs us $450,000. There can be no cost put on this service in terms of lives saved, every one is precious and we’re committed to growing this service to 20 counsellors over the next 2 years. Your support via donation will help us fund this necessary service.
We know that for every divorce, family farm eviction, domestic assault or substance abuse, families and the community become collateral damage. We need to do more to help save our families, our communities and rebuild the concept of a caring community.
If you’d like to talk with a counsellor please call us on 1300 327 624 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.
Lilian Mariano – Clinical Director, Brisbane Head Office
New South Wales