Isolation combined with the pressure of running a business from home means some farmers are putting their own wellbeing and mental health on the backburner.
Doug Avery, author of The Resilient Farmer, has launched a new workshop to help farmers improve their mental health and their businesses.
The importance of seeing regularly to your wellbeing will be the focus of Farmstrong’s site at Fieldays.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle has welcomed an increase in funding for mental health in yesterday’s Budget.
Rural life, and agriculture is driven by changing seasons that dictate on-farm tasks and operations and busy times can mean pressure on owners or employees.
An Environment Canterbury advisor who trained to be a Good Yarn facilitator is now better able to help a farmer who is stressed or mentally ill.
A recent survey has found that 70% of rural New Zealanders have felt more stress over the last five years.
Workshops being held across the country are equipping farmers and rural professionals with the tools to recognise and support those who are struggling.
The Herlihy family’s 24-hour charity Shearathon, raising money for mental health and suicide prevention in the shearing industry, could become an annual fixture following the success of the recent North Canterbury event.