Health and wellbeing

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.

Beyond Blue

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:

  • Adelaide
  • Berri
  • Murray Bridge
  • Port Augusta
  • Whyalla


Phone: 13 11 14 (24-hour service)
Locations: 3 Gray Street MOUNT GAMBIER 5290 and 8-10 Ormerod Street NARACOORTE 5271
Website: Lifeline

MensLine Australia

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.

Website: West Coast Youth & Community Support

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.

Website: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health - Drought support resources

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

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Page Last Reviewed: 22 Jul 2019
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