Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health Issues are important for the farming community with male farm owners and managers dying from suicide at around twice the rate of the national average of other males.
In NSW a Rural Mental Health Network has been established as 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. It’s work is based around a NSW Farmers Mental Health Blueprint which is a summary of key issues that should be addressed, and the major actions that should be taken. To view the blueprint please click here www.aghealth.org.au/blueprint
One of the actions of the blueprint in which Ag Health Australia has developed with farmers across Australia is enhancing the resilience in farming communities to manage the pressures of work and life on farm. A resource has been developed specific to NSW and SA farmers that provides information about the most difficult pressures on the farm business, farm family and personally and some practical tips to manage them. To view the Managing the Pressures of Farming on-line resource please click here www.aghealth.org.au/pressures
Chartbook - The Mental Health of People on Australian Farms. Go to Research Reports under Chartbook Series.