How we help
Drought Angels was established in 2014 to respond to the needs of primary producers impacted by prolonged drought, initially in Queensland. Since then, Drought Angels has expanded to provide financial assistance, food hampers, care packs, and mental wellbeing support to over 4,700 primary producers affected by all natural disasters (drought, flood, fire, and plagues) in over 1,300 communities across Australia. The frequency and severity of natural disasters mean many are at risk of losing their farm or walking away. According to a 2021 study, one farmer completes suicide every 10 days (59% higher than the rate among non-farmers). Drought Angels seeks to reduce this through phone conversations and on farm visits. By supporting these farmers to stay on the land through assistance tailored to their individual needs, Drought Angels contributes to Australia’s regional economies, food security and the social wellbeing of rural communities.
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Rural communities assisted
Primary producers supported
Primary producers and families
Our Direct Impact
Tangible assistance is delivered in the form of food hampers and care packs. Pre-Paid Mastercards, IGA & BP Gift Cards bearing no reference to their charitable source, empower farmers to provide for their families with dignity. This form of direct assistance allows families to purchase supplies from their local businesses, ensuring not only the family farm remains operational, but the economy of these vital rural communities is also kept viable for future generations.
Mental Health Statistics
Aussie farmers work long hours performing physically demanding work which is intimately tied to almost every aspect of their lives and the lives of their families, often across several generations. Sadly, they are balancing more priorities than ever before including: market fluctuations; family responsibilities; succession planning; sourcing work off-farm while trying to keep the family farm running after business hours; and, uncontrollable weather events and natural disasters; just to name a few. These pressures have a profound effect on the mental and physical health of Aussie farmers which is amplified by isolation. Our Angels on the Phone provide regular wellbeing check-ins, a listening ear, and a referral pathway to help farmers access the help they need.
- 200,000 farmers in Australia
- One farmer commits suicide every 10 days
- Each year, the average suicide rate in farmers was almost 59 per cent higher than non-farmers,
- One of the highest suicide rates in Australian workforce and a similar rate to construction workers
- Male farmers under the age of 50, or over the age of 80, and separated, have the highest rate of suicide.
- NSW has the highest farmer suicide rate followed by QLD and VIC