The Rural Mental Health
The Rural Mental Health Network is a
group of agencies and individuals who share a common goal
and have agreed to work together to improve the mental health
and wellbeing of farming people and farming communities.
a growing body of evidence that the people in agriculture
are not coping with the pressures that they face, and
the mental illness that they experience. Farm male owners
and managers commit suicide at around twice the rate of
the national average.
There are many people and agencies contributing to ensuring
the health and wellbeing of the farming sector in NSW.
Each agency's work needs to be understood and recognised,
and where possible there should be no duplication of effort
There is a body of evidence about what
is effective in improving mental health and preventing
suicide - this is summarised in a number of key Australian
and NSW State Government Plans.
The combined work of this
Network will contribute to achieving the planned National
and NSW State Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
The reasons that some people
feel that they can't cope, that some people suffer mental
disorders or that some people commit suicide are very
complex. Some key risk factors in the pathways to personal
and family breakdown, and potential pathways to maintenance
of health and wellbeing have been identified and described
for farming people.
"The Focus on resilience appears
to have more efficacy, and is more empowering, with
less risk of harm involved." NSW Suicide Prevention
The Blueprint is a simplified summary
of key issues that should be addressed, and the major
actions that should be taken so that we can be confident
we will be effective in achieving our purpose. Each agency
has a different but connected role in achieving our purpose.