Our region currently has eight local government areas (LGAs) afflicted by drought. We are committed to supporting farmers and communities affected by drought in our region.
Funding is being invested in drought affected areas through our PHN under the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Empowering our Communities (EoC) Initiative.
Initiatives We Fund
We are working with community leaders, farmers and their families and local community organisations and group to fund community-led mental health, suicide prevention, and social and emotional wellbeing initiatives.
Community Event Grants
Community events funded by our PHN aim to promote community resilience and enhance community wellbeing through group-based activities that deliver mental health and wellbeing benefits to individuals.
Community Connections Program
Our PHN has commissioned Lifeline Darling Downs and South West QLD to deliver the Community Connections Program.
The Community Connections Program delivers training to community members to act as gatekeepers, trusted advocates and referrers for drought affected community members and their families. The trusted advocates can:
- recognise and respond to signs of distress
- identify the most appropriate referral point
- assist community members to access required mental health and other relevant supports.
Under the Empowering our Communities (EoC) Initiative, our PHN has partnered with Neami National to develop the 2019-2020 (financial year) Drought Calendar.
The Calendar aims to confront stigma and promote awareness of available mental health supports in the region.
Making a Difference
Learn more about how the PHN is making a difference and the community is responding to drought in Warwick.
Helpful Links and Resources
We've compiled a list of helpful links and resources for you to access.
For Community: Telephone Support
For Community: Additional Resources
Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS)
ADIS is a free, confidential and anonymous information, counselling, advise and referral service that is available 24/7.
beyondblue Support Services
Offers 24/7 confidential telephone support, counselling and referrals to trained mental health professionals.
Offers a 24hr crisis support and suicide prevention service which includes toolkits, information sheets and a service finder.
Suicide Call Back Service
Provides 24/7 crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.
View Community Trauma Toolkit to help and support people before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Drought in Australia Information pack provides information on assistance for individuals, families, farmers and communities in drought regions.
On this page you'll find:
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