A great interview with Sally-anne Whitten from 92.9fm Tamworth radio to discuss the benefits of text counselling for those in the rural and remote community. Further information about tips and techniques to help people identify and support people with mental health issues. There is no doubt that our people in the rural and remote areas are doing it tough. In fact the suicide rate is twice as high in these areas as they are in metropolitan areas. Unfortunately for many people the thought of picking up the phone and asking for help is just too confronting, embarrassing or inconvenient. That is why we have introduced Text counselling. It is a 24/7 service that is staffed by fully qualified mental health professionals. No issue is too big or too small.
We have now been operating for over 3 years and our figures reveal that over 60% of those people from the rural and remote community who have engaged with our service reported that they would not have reached out for any psychological help if text counselling had not been available. Furthermore, the majority of those people engaging in the service are male.
Unfortunately there is still a great deal of stigma around mental health. We believe that text counselling is just one more avenue for people to engage with a psychologist and get the help they need.