Mental Health in Regional and Remote Communities

Living and working in rural and remote locations can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also have its challenges. The space, the community spirit and being removed from the hustle and bustle of the city sounds like an enviable lifestyle. But geographic isolation, loneliness, limited employment opportunities and the environment itself can all impact upon a person's mental health.

People living in rural and remote areas are at higher risk for many chronic diseases and have higher rates of smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption (AIHW, 2008). These communities may also experience unpredictable weather, work-place hazards (e.g working with machinery), changing government laws / regulations and excessive working hours (Vines, 2008).

People who live in rural or remote locations may not have the same access to services as might be available in metropolitan areas (Parslow and Jorm, 2000).

Because Net Psychology is a 100% online service, psychology services can be offered to anyone, anywhere in Australia.

Net Psychology's principal psychologist, Jen Riches, can offer psychology services in respect of:

  • Addiction (Gaming / Substance Use / Alcohol)

  • Anxiety Disorders Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks and Phobias

  • Bipolar Disorders

  • Bullying - Developing Resilience

  • Depression

  • Social Isolation and loneliness

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Family Conflict / Separation / Relationship Issues

  • Grief and Loss

  • LGBTI+

  • Psychosis

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sleep Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

If you would like to book a psychology session visit the booking page.


AIHW. (2008). Regional, rural and remote health: Indicators of health status and determinants of health. Rural Health Series no. 9. Cat. no. PHE 97. Canberra: AIHW.


Parslow, R.A., & Jorm, A.F. (2000). Who uses mental health services in Australia? An analysis of data from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 34, 997-1008

Vines, R. (2008). "Equity in Health and Wellbeing. Why does regional, rural and remote Australia matter?" In Psych, 33. Accessed 4 October 2020. Retrieved from:,

Please note Net Psychology is not a crisis service. If you or someone else needs urgent support please call the below crisis numbers. If it is an emergency, call 000.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

MATES in Construction: 1300 642 111

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732

National Indigenous Critical Response Service: 1800 805 801

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline: 1800 250 015