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Welcome and thank you for visiting the Weathering Well webpage

You’ve taken the first step in supporting your community. Weathering Well is an innovative digital-mental health and wellbeing tool. It is designed for those Australian farming communities experiencing adversity from drought and other climatic events.

What is Weathering Well?
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What is Weathering Well and what does a session look like?

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Downloading Weathering Well

Weathering Well is now available on the App Store and is currently compatible with iPad only. See the link in the top right of this screen.

How do I get training?
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Watch a session

Weathering Well is designed for guided use with a trained facilitator for people within the farming community, rather than as a “self-help app”.  It is not designed for use with participants who are experiencing acute or severe mental health crises or suicidality. If you or someone you know needs urgent mental health or suicide crisis support please contact the appropriate option below.

Training Support

Most Weathering Well facilitators will require training in the use of the tool. Menzies School of Health Research has collaborated with a range of Primary Health Networks in the development of online Weathering Well Implementation Training and has offered this training face-to-face prior to the COVID pandemic. To indicate your interest or for more information on the online training please send a request (as below).

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How Weathering Well Was Developed

Funded under the Australian Government’s Empowering Our Communities drought-response program, the Weathering Well Tool has been specifically customised for use with farming communities impacted by the lengthy widespread drought and vulnerable to/or experiencing mental health, wellbeing, and drug and alcohol issues.

‘Weathering Well’ has been specifically adapted from an existing well-tested and well-regarded mental health and substance use digital application for Indigenous Australians; the Stay Strong App designed and evaluated by Menzies School of Health Research (‘Menzies’) as part of its wider e-mental health research program

Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN) initiated development of Weathering Well in collaboration with Menzies, and with the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. Importantly, development of the tool has drawn on the expertise of graziers, growers, rural financial counsellors, digital mental health researchers, mental health clinicians and IT specialists from Queensland and New South Wales via a Development Advisory Group.

Menzies retains the intellectual property to the tool, while granting WQPHN a free, non-exclusive and perpetual licence for non-commercialisation purposes.

Support Services

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Local Help
Local health centre or local hospital or local mental health crisis team

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Beyond Blue
aims to increase awareness of depression and anxiety and reduce stigma. Call 1300 22 4636, 24 hours / 7 days a week

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Kids Helpline
provides free 24/7 confidential and private counseling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25. Call 1800 55 1800.

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Lifeline
provides 24-hour crisis counseling, support groups and suicide prevention services. Call 13 11 14.

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Mens Line Australia
is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Call 1300 78 99 78, 24 hours / 7 days a week

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Suicide Call Back Service
provides 24/7 support if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Call 1300 659 467.