Dean encourages farming community to attend mental health workshops

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she encouraged the farming community to attend Government-funded workshops around the country aimed at getting people to talk about mental health in the rural sector.

“There have been some difficult times for both dairy and sheep farmers this season, along with adverse weather events taking their toll.

“These workshops, part funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries, aim to teach people how to recognise and respond to friends, family or farming colleagues suffering from stress or mental illness.

“The current environment means people in the rural community are particularly at risk, but they can also often be the people who will struggle on and not do anything about it.

“The workshops aim to break down the barriers and to give participants the tools to recognise symptoms of stress or mental illness and how to respond.

“It’s all about enabling farming communities to talk about mental health and ensuring that they recognise some of the generic signs, so they can do something about it before it’s too late.”

There free Goodyarn workshops were being held around the country in March and April.

 

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru