Drought Assistance

MIFNQ has recently been advised that the current funding and drought assistance activities will cease as of June 30 2016. Discussions with stakeholders will occur prior to that date. MIFNQ is currently delivering Community Mental Health for six North QLD shires as part of the Federal Government’s Drought Assistance Package which was first announced in May 2014.


The services we provide include:

  • One-to-one and family counselling
  • Outreach support
  • Community events focused on mental health and wellbeing
  • Advice and referrals for people in need who live in drought affected communities

These activities aim to:

  • Build resilience within individuals, families and communities living in drought-affected areas
  • Provide services to individuals and families in drought-affected areas who would not otherwise access community mental health support
  • Enhance the capacity of existing local service and community networks to deal with mental health issues
  • Improve the mental health and wellbeing of participating individuals and families.

Our objectives are to:

  • Create awareness of, and reduce stigma and discrimination around, mental ill-health
  • Assist people with early symptoms of mental illness to access appropriate support services
  • Provide appropriate community-based mental health support to individuals with early symptoms of mental illness, or to their carers and families