Changing attitudes to mental illness (Craig Hart: CRRMH)

Once known for being strong silent types,rural Australians are accessing mental health services in increasing numbers, says Craig Hart, the co-ordinator of the rural adversity mental health program at Orange's Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

The program, an initiative of NSW Health and the University of Newcastle, was originally set up in 2006/2007 in response to the drought and the distress many rural communities were experiencing due to lack of water, loss of crops and stock and the flow-on effects this had on regional economies.

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