Rural suicide is a major issue that The Ripple Effect is researching.Too many deaths by suicide each year in Australia are from the farming community. Every suicide or attempted suicide has a ripple effect as it impacts friends, family, colleagues and entire communities.

Because of the stigma associated with suicide, many of the experiences of those affected by suicide remain untold.

The Ripple Effect has been developed by the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin University, the Victorian Farmers Federation, AgChatOZ, the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland, Sandpit and Western District Health Service as part of beyondblue's STRIDE Project with donations from the Movember Foundation.


To assist in turning back the tide of suicide in rural communities, the Ripple Effect project is keen to know what you are thinking. Participating doesn’t take much time, and is completed where and when it suits you. By participating you will assist the Ripple Effect project increase their understanding of rural suicide.

The research phase of The Ripple Effect is due to be completed by the end of March and we are encouraging as many people as possible participate before this time.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected in any way by rural suicide, please provide your insights and information by registering and participating via the website. This will take you approximately 90 minutes (can be done over multiple sessions)—not a great requirement when you consider the information shared will inform more appropriate and effective suicide prevention for the rural community and direct better support for all those affected.