More than twenty farmers take their own lives every year in New Zealand. We know that mental illness is likely to increase the risk of injury, accidental death and suicide. Research shows that while many farmers are great at taking care of their stock and equipment, they often neglect their own needs.
FarmStrong is a programme created by FMG and the Mental Health Foundation to promote wellbeing for farmers and growers across New Zealand.
FarmStrong (external link).
All farmers and growers.
FarmStrong promotes wellness and wellbeing through social networks, workshops and resources designed to support farmers overall health.
We found that most farmers want to know about work/life balance, managing fatigue and stress, and health considerations like high blood pressure.
You can access practical tools and resources on:
- managing fatigue
- the importance of getting off the farm
- coping with pressure.
- can also use the website to:
- connect with other farmers via FarmStrong’s social media channels
- attend local events in your community
- take part in Focus on fitness (external link) challenges.
FarmStrong’s focus is on wellbeing rather than working to help depression and mental illness.
Feeling down in response to difficult situations is pretty normal. But feeling unhappy for more than two weeks could be a sign of depression. If that’s how you feel, you’re not alone. One in six New Zealanders will experience depression at some time in their life. Understanding more about depression can help you find a way through.
Join John Kirwan at depression.org.nz/rural (external link), or call the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757.
Published: 20 November 2015