In difficult times, personal health and wellbeing can be impacted. Help and support can come from a range of sources such as friends, neighbours, service clubs and volunteers, as well as the more formal agencies, authorities and services.
Free regional counselling services
If you want to chat to someone, or if you are concerned about someone near you, please call the following free counselling services:
Regional Access Program
Call the Regional Access Program on 1300 032 186 or go to the Regional Access website. South Australia’s Regional Access Program offers free professional telephone and online counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people 15 years and older living or working in regional South Australia.
Murray Mallee GP Network (MMGPN)
MMGPN provides free counselling services to individuals affected by the dry conditions. Please contact: 08 8531 1303
Country and Outback Health (CObH)
CObH provides free mental health services and community outreach to drought affected areas on the Eyre Peninsula and Upper North SA region. Please contact: (08) 8643 5600
Talk with your local doctor
We also recommend you speak to your local doctor about any issues or concerns that you have as soon as possible. Your doctor will be able to help and can make referrals to specialist mental health services.
Family and Business (FaB) Support Program
Our team of nine experienced Family and Business Support mentors are available to meet, listen and, connect individuals, farming families and regional businesses affected by seasonal conditions, such as drought or hailstorm events, to appropriate services and programs. FaB Support Program information.
Health and wellbeing support services
Below is a range of services available to support the wellbeing of SA’s primary producers and their families delivered through the SA Government, Commonwealth Government, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Advice and support for people with anxiety and depression.
Phone: 1300 22 4636
Website: Beyond Blue
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
If you are concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person in South Australia, contact:
Phone: (08) 8161 7198
Website: Women's and Children's Hospital
headspace provides tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, we work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
There are offices in:
- Murray Bridge
- Port Augusta
Phone: 13 11 14 (24-hour service)
Locations: 3 Gray Street MOUNT GAMBIER 5290 and 8-10 Ormerod Street NARACOORTE 5271
MensLine Australia is a phone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78 (24-hour service)
Website: MensLine Australia
Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula
Mentally Fit EP is a project run through West Coast Youth and Community Support to promote the message of mental wellness and promote service availability and promotion in conjunction with innovative social media and IT accessibility for people across Eyre Peninsula.
R U OK website
This website has a good list of resources on ways to check in on friends and family and where to find support. Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a good friend and a great listener.
Website: R U OK
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), which is based in NSW, has some fantastic resources about how to manage health and wellbeing during drought. Including podcasts and fact sheets.
South Australian Parent Helpline
The South Australian Parent Helpline is a telephone information service for parents in South Australia.
Phone: 1300 364 100 (free call)
Website: Parenting and Child Health - Parent Helpline
Suicide Call Back Service
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide, including:
- anyone who is feeling suicidal
- anyone who is caring for someone who is feeling suicidal
- anyone who is bereaved by suicide
- health professionals supporting people who are affected by suicide.
Phone: 1300 659 467
Website: Suicide Call Back Service
- Drought Support - Health and Wellbeing Fact Sheet ( or )
- Kids in rural and remote areas – Coping in tough times ()
- Lifeline toolkit for getting through the drought ()
- Managing stress during drought flyer ()
- Mental health recovery information for partners and stakeholders in recovery - SA Health ()
- South Australian Guide for Drought Assistance ()
- Supporting mental health recovery in the community - SA Health ()
- Talking to children and young people about trauma ()