Wednesday, June 19, 2024


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“All Is Not Well On The Farm”

An Australian rural charity has been urgently assisting farmers who are battling increased levels of mental ill-health in recent months.  
Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said primary producers are feeling overworked, underappreciated and anxious.
“In a recent Rural Aid study, one in two farmers said they’ve felt their mental health decline in the past year,” Mr Warlters said.
“76 per cent of our farmers rated their mental health as poor, very poor or average.”
“These numbers show that all is not well on the farm,” Mr Warlters said.
“It’s a sentiment echoed across the industry; Rabobank’s Rural Confidence Survey has shown farm confidence has plummeted in the past three months.”
Rural Aid’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager, Myf Pitcher, said weather conditions, biosecurity concerns, and disaster recovery are on farmers’ minds.
“Our counselling team is making a really important difference every day, we've been all over the country supporting primary producers,” Ms Pitcher said.
“From hay drops in South Australia, to water tank deliveries in Western Australia, and resilience and recovery conversations in Queensland, our mental health and wellbeing team have been working overtime to assist farmers with the challenges they’re currently facing.”

To donate to Rural Aid, or to find out more about Rural Aid’s mental health and wellbeing program, visit or call 1300 327 624.

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