Supporting rural communities

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki is pleased more funds have been committed to boost rural mental health needs.

Her comments follow Prime Minister John Key's announcement at Fridays Hamilton Fieldays of a continuation of last year’s investment.

Mrs Dean,  whose whose electorate covers a large slice of the central South island's farming districts, said the timely announcement was an indication the Government recognised rural life continued to have its ups and downs and were committed to supporting rural communities.

"This support also goes further than just offering support in times of stress, it shows we're prepared to put plans in place for the future."

Mrs Dean said her community knew some farmers were going through tough times. 

Hopefully, those tough times will soon pass but in the meantime I see the Rural Mental Wellness initiative as the right mix of further raising awareness of mental health issues within rural communities and to improve the skills of the health professionals who work alongside the rural sector.

“Farmers, their families and those around them are not alone. There's good advice and support to be gained from organisations such as Rural Support Trusts, Farmstrong, Dairy NZ including from their own immediate and often, well experienced community members.

"I'm pleased we're working to stay ahead of this problem," Mrs Dean said.