A new partnership has been launched to address mental health and build mental fitness in rural communities across NSW.
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team encourages Australians to support individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing drought and the bushfires leading up to Christmas.
Finding the confidence to ask a friend or loved-one if they are OK, can be found on mental health websites like RUOK.
In Andrew House's job as Alcohol and Other Drug clinician with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) he engages with a community who live in a patch that covers 640,000 square kilometres in the state's arid west - about the size of France.
Vet uses cognitive behaviour therapy to harness negative thoughts before they become stress-related illness.
When disaster struck this young couple's rural ambitions they regrouped and started down a different path. Now failure has been rebranded into success using a positive frame of mind.