Floods a 'major setback' for rural mental health

The drastic change of events caused by the recent floods will be a "major setback" to the improvement of mental wellbeing in rural areas, National Rural Health Alliance executive director Gordon Gregory said .

Suicide rates in rural Australia this year are 33 percent higher than in major cities and may be higher in extremely remote areas. The floods, which are currently affecting 50 percent of NSW and stretch from Victoria to Queensland, are predicted to have a detrimental effect on the rural psyche, Mr Gregory said.

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