Everyone has mental health and sometimes we misinterpret the meaning of mental health by only defining it with conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. While mental health isn't always what's going wrong in our minds, it can also be what is going right: what is keeping us healthy and happy through our lives.

Mental health is generally a state of wellbeing. Wellbeing includes a combination of  emotional, physical, social and mental health factors. Most define wellbeing as a state of being comfortable, healthy and happy but it can also be uncomfortable, unhealthy and unhappy.

Our industry holds a variety of unique stresses from climate, family, finance, isolation to market, drought and labour challenges.  The pandemic has also created new and unique challenges to not just industry but to families, businesses and individuals.

On this page you will find help and advice, stories about organisations helping us through tough times and ways we can support others.

Please click on the Mental Health Resource document created by Citrus Australia for resources to help you through tough times. Inside you will find links to services categorised on your needs and specific services to each State and Territory in Australia.

If you are concerned about your own life or someone else's mental health, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000. 

Are you bogged mate?

Mary O'Brien is no stranger to the agricultural industry. Born and raised in the Darling Downs region of Queensland she has her head wrapped around the issues faced by rural country men. Mary studied science and agriculture, working in Queensland and New South Wales with a passion for sustainable agriculture and interests in spray drift, application risk management, and chemical use. Mary assists growers through workshops in spray drift risk management and is a strong advocate for all sectors of agriculture.

But Mary couldn't ignore one particular challenge faced by country men. In 2018, Mary O'Brien wrote Are You Bogged Mate? which spread far and wide gaining international attention.

Mary's workshops and devotion has since made a significant impact on rural men's mental health and she was been recognised with the Queensland 2020 Men's Health Award, national Women Working In Men’s Health Award, and recently 2021 Queensland Nominee Local Hero.

Take the time to read the article that started it all. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook. Links to find out more can be found in the written text above.

For confidential support and someone to talk to, you can call lifeline on 131114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

National Centre for Farmer Health

Farmer HAT is a free online self-assessment tool developed to promote a safe farming culture and healthy personal behaviours.

This easy-to-use tool takes 10-15 minutes and guides you through a series of questions about your health, wellbeing, lifestyle behaviours and farm safety practices. Using a traffic light system, Farmer HAT provides you immediate feedback and directs you to relevant resources about each of the questions you’ve answered so you can improve your personal behaviours and practices, and your farming business too!

It is a great place to monitor and track your progress, so what are you waiting for? Get started today through the link below!

For confidential support and someone to talk to, you can call lifeline on 131114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
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