Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says

Online treatment programs are being flagged as a solution to the high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia.

Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of accessible services.

The Mental Health Commission's chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease all add up to increased levels of psychological distress.

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