Frontline youth service ReachOut has welcomed the Government’s $190 million drought package offering increased assistance for farming families and communities currently affected by drought.

This support will include additional funding for ReachOut and provide important information, tools and personalised help for young Australians who might be struggling with the emotional toll of the drought.

ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas thanked the government for the additional funding. This support for ReachOut recognises the important role of online support that is available to young Australians 24/7 no matter where they live.

“We know that the current drought is having far reaching effects on farming families and communities. Countless young people are doing it tough at the moment with ‘all hands on deck’ on many properties and competing priorities between home and school,” Mr Nicolas said.

“ReachOut helps over 1.5 million young Australians and their families each year. This additional funding will help both young people and the people they turn to, their parents, targeted to drought affected communities.”

ReachOut’s services are the first stop on the frontline for young people, particularly where there are barriers to help seeking like a lack of local services, transport, cost, fear or a preference for self-reliance.

ReachOut’s support is available anywhere, anytime and anonymously. ReachOut’s services for parents  to help them to support their child,  includes one on one coaching delivered online and via the telephone.

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About ReachOut

ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading youth service providing immediate help and support for free anytime and anywhere. ReachOut is accessed by more than 1.58 million people each year – that’s around 132,000 people every month, and 4330 people every day.

Media Contact

Tessa Anderssen | tessa@reachout.com | 0411 708 587

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