Counselling Services and Support for Farmers and Rural Communities

​​These links provide a resource for farmers and rural communities who need to keep up-to-date with what support measures are available.

FarmPoint provides information and ready access to everything a Tasmanian farmer needs to know to manage their business and property successfully. Refer the FarmPoint website.


Counselling Services and Support

The following services are available to support members of our community in rural and regional areas:

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
The RFCS is a statewide free, confidential, and independent counsel to primary producers, fishermen and small rural and regional businesses that are suffering financial hardship.

Rural Business Tasmania provides the service of the RFCS in Tasmania.​   For more information visit their web site http://www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au/​ or phone 1300 883 276.

Rural Alive and Well Inc. (RAW)
Rural Alive and Well Inc is a not for profit organisation delivering suicide prevention and community wellbeing services to the Central Highlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay and Southern Midlands Municipalities in Tasmania.

Rural Alive and Well Inc is also funded to provide a suicide prevention and community wellbeing service for Forest Workers, their families and associated businesses who have been impacted by recent changes to the Forest Industry within Tasmania.

Visit Rural Alive and Well www.rawtas.com.au for further information.


Mensline Australia
Mensline Australia supports men who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties, particularly surrounding family break-down or separation. Mensline Australia's telephone counsellors are professionally trained to provide:
  • confidential, professional and non-judgmental short-term counselling
  • direct telephone linkage to local services if required
  • relevant information and referrals to services and support programs in your area
  • relationship coaching and practical strategies for managing difficult situations.
Visit http://www.mensline.org.au for further information.

Beyondblue
Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.

Beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments with a key goal of raising community awareness about depression and reducing stigma associated with the illness

Visit: www.beyondblue.org.au/ or call free info line 1300 22 4636 for more information.

Life Line
Life Line Provides a national 24-hour telephone counselling service
Phone 13 11 14

Lifeline's 'Just ask' Hotline 1300 11 14 provides a rural mental health information service

Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia (Tasmania), phone 1300 364 277 and you will automatically be directed to the nearest office in your area.

There are six branches that provide services in Tasmania. Relationships Australia (Tasmania) employs trained professional staff to counselling support to individuals, couples and families to enhance, maintain and where necessary manage changes in their relationships.

Relationships Australia (Tasmania) provides the following range of Relationship Support services:
  • Relationship Counselling - Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and North East.
  • Family Mediation Service - Hobart and Launceston.
  • Relationship Skills Courses - Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
  • Break Even Gambling Counselling - Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and North East.
  • Step-families Family Integration Service - Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and North East.
  • Children's Contact Service - Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
  • Contact Orders Program - Hobart and Launceston.
  • Services for Youth - Launceston and North East.
  • Men and Family Services - Hobart and Launceston.
Visit www.relationships.com.au for further information.

Life Link Samaritans
Life Link Samaritans offer support, counselling and training to all members of the community. They are non-religious and non-political.

No matter what time of the day or night, there is no problem too big or too small that you can't discuss with their caring trained telephone befrienders.

Services offered by Lifelink Samaritans Tasmania include:
  • Phone befriending service
  • Face to face befriending
  • Community training in suicide awareness
  • Training in active listening
  • Support for all involved following a suicide and/or suicide attempt.
The Lifelink Samaritans offer a 24-hour free, confidential statewide telephone befriending service.

Telephone 1300 364 566 (Statewide)
Email: lifelinksam@intas.net.au

Asking for help is a sign of courage - not weakness.