In 2012 and 2013, Senator Wright, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, undertook a rural mental health consultation of regional Australia. Senator Wright met with over 185 people from 24 towns, listening to the voices and experiences of people living in country Australia. You can view the report from the tour here.
One in five Australians experience mental ill-health in any year. The consequences of mental ill-health in rural and regional areas are far greater than in urban areas given that access to mental health services is substantially lower.
The Greens have created a plan to address this inequality. It's based on a great deal of consultation with those on the frontline - consumers, carers, advocates and those working in mental health.
Chair of the National Alliance for Rural and Regional Mental Health, Dr Russell Roberts had this to say about our extensive rural mental health plan: "It's one of the most sensible pieces of policy work I've seen from a political party, on rural mental health, in the last 25 years."
If you are feeling in distress, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.