Real solutions for improved rural and remote mental health services

The rate of suicide in rural areas is 66 per cent higher than in major cities - stark proof that many people are not getting the mental health support they so desperately need.

This tragic suicide rate in rural areas is in part attributable to the fact that there are fewer GPs (typically the first port of call for people experiencing mental illness) and mental health professionals. For example, the number of psychiatrists and psychologists in rural areas is, respectively, 40% and 60% of what it is in major cities.

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