Telehealth is becoming a great solution to improving the number of people that can access mental health services! People living in regional and rural Australia often struggle to access quality mental health services. Our Director, Jodie Brenton aims to ensure that all Australians have the opportunity to get mental health support, no matter if they live in urban or rural Australia. Our head psychologist Mary Magalotti and the team of Life Resolutions psychologists aim to provide quality and tailored counselling to those who access our services.
Regional/Rural Mental Health
According to The National Rural Health Alliance, rural and urban areas have similar rates of mental illness. However, suicide and self-harm are far more common in rural and regional areas. The suicide rate is highest among men aged 15-29 in regional areas, which is double that of those living in urban areas. The report highlights that due to limited access to mental health services those in rural areas do not get the professional support they need.
People living in regional areas also are more likely to experience chronic pain and social isolation that then negatively impacts their mental wellbeing.
The number of psychologists practising in regional areas is less than half of those practising in urban areas. Creating a barrier to accessing mental health professionals.
These statistics highlight the need for accessible telehealth appointments with mental health practitioners. Jodie Brenton has increased the accessibility of mental health services by ensuring that all Life Resolutions psychologists are available for telehealth consultations. Our services can be conducted via video call or telephone call, to ensure that you can access our services without relying on an internet connection.