Sound counsel is becoming increasingly important for farmers and families facing uncertainty in continuing dry conditions.

Centacare now has a counselling team and mental health practitioner working across the Coorong District Council support individuals, couples and young people who may be struggling to manage the pressures that stem from dry farming conditions.

Often these pressures are exacerbated over Christmas and New Year, with increased strain on finances and expectations for the months ahead.

Family & Relationship Counsellor Sharon Young is working from locations in Tintinara, Tailem Bend and Meningie with a focus on building community resilience and engaging with farming families, as well as people who may not identify as being drought-affected.

Drought Assistance practitioner Bill Eden is planning local workshops to promote the importance of early intervention to prevent crisis and link people to appropriate community support services.

For more information about how we can help you, please phone Centacare’s Mount Barker office 08 8215 6320.

Support is also being offered to communities in the Alexandrina, Onkaparinga, Adelaide Hills and Mt Barker council districts.