Need help getting out of the mud? There are plenty of mates out there that can give you a tow, or even just take the time for a yarn.
These services can help you or your mates get out of the bog.
If it is an emergency,
Stay focussed, stay relevant, stay on the line...The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. You can contact Police, Fire or Ambulance in life threatening or emergency situations.
Call triple zero
Need help getting out of the mud? There’s people out there that can give you a tow.
Connecting tradies, truckies, blue collar workers, and those who care about them with mental health professionals.
Rural Aid is a holistic support program aimed at helping rural Australia. Please note that Rural Aid is currently only available to primary producers.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Don't feel like talking to someone on the phone? You can send text messages to the Virtual Psychologist:
Don't feel like talking to someone on the phone? You can send text messages to Virtual Psychologist:
Need a break from the farm?
Australia is the first of its kind, providing a link between you and a wide range of potential short-term caretakers for your property. Take some time out for yourself and your family. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy doing the things that make you happy.
Need some mates?
Worried your mate is bogged?
When you think ‘she’ll be right’ isn't enough!
Learn the warning signs, lend an ear and get your tow cables ready.
- quitting activities that were previously important
- feelings of hopelessness
- expressing rage, anger or revenge
- engaging in reckless or risky behaviours
- increased use of drugs and alcohol
- withdrawing from friends and families
- putting affairs in order, e.g. giving away possessions, especially those that have special significance for the person
- anxiety or agitation
- abnormal sleep patterns
- dramatic changes in mood, such as sudden feelings of happiness after a long period of sadness, or depression
- previous suicide attempts or self-harming
- talking and writing about suicide or death
- writing a suicide note or goodbye letters to people
- looking for ways to hurt or kill oneself
Give your mate a hand
- Support groups aren't just there for people experiencing a rough patch, it's also for affected friends and family. Did you know people who receive support from their friends and family, as well professional guidance, are less likely to follow through their suicidal thoughts.
- If you think your mate needs help and you’re not sure what to do next, we recommend talking to the professionals so you are as prepared as you can be. Even if the situation turns out to be not as serious as you thought, there is no harm in asking someone for their professional advise.
- If your worried that your mate can't see a way out and is looking to end it all then you need to call 000. While you wait stay with your mate, don't leave them by themselves and, if you need to, call in some reinforcements - friends and family.
Why would your mate get bogged?
- There are multitudes of factors that lead to depression in rural men – droughts, floods, rising input costs, falling commodity prices, pressure from banks, family pressure, feeling compelled to stay on the farm, etcetera. Today rural men and particularly farmers have additional pressures to previous generations. They are expected to be soil scientists, agronomists, hydrologists, accountants, meteorologists, chemical experts, mechanics, engineers, marketers, environmentalists and the list goes on.
- The suite of skills needed to live and work in the rural sector has never been greater and yet the divide been city and country has never been bigger. And if all that isn’t enough pressure for rural blokes, what about adding a sick child, the loss of a loved one or a marriage breakdown into the equation?
- There’s a lot of challenges of living in the bush and takes guts to speak out if you’re bogged. Look out for your mates and help them reach out to the right people.