In Hard Times Hunter Farmers Must Focus on Mental Health, Experts Say

The traditional farmers’ approach to tough times might be to knuckle down and get on with the work at hand. But experts are urging people communities across the Hunter to take care of their mental health, as the effects of the drought gripping the region put more and more pressure on landholders. Hunter New England Rural Adversity Mental Health Program coordinator Sarah Green said the key message was to get help if you …

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Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

NSW Farmers launch Glove Box Guide to Mental Health NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson has launched a new Glove Box Guide to Mental Health at the association’s head office in St Leonards. “The Glove Box Guide is a great initiative for getting the word around on what assistance is out there for people in rural and regional areas,” Ms Simson said. “That’s why NSW Farmers is a proud sponsor of …

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Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off” event 14 August 2013.  While the evening was positive and light-hearted, there was also a very serious side. Gary Smith, the organiser, who is also a member of the group …

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Bridging the rural-urban divide for improved mental health

The devaluing of rural Australia as an important contributor to Australia’s social and economic fabric, and the declining profitability of core industries in rural Australia, including an absence of understanding and support for these industries by metropolitan communities and governments, have been identified among the many complex factors attributed to the causation of the high rate of suicide in rural Australia. (SPA Position Statement – Responding to suicide in rural …

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