Are You Coping?

Mar 2, 2018 | Farmers

Farmers are at more risk from suicide than the urban population, with isolation and a reluctance to seek help as factors.  Problems can creep up and accumulate and before long, they all seem insurmountable.

A study by Canterbury University surprisingly discovered a large proportion of dairyfarm hands under 25 years of age were taking their lives.  Long hours and fatigue where some factors identified, but as every farmer knows, this is unavoidable at certain times of the year; However, a prolong period of harmful work patterns do take its toll.  It can be difficult to tell if someone is suffering in silence.  We all need to be mindful if people around us are coping.  Offering a sympathetic ear or simply asking if they are OK may make a difference.

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

Where to get help

  • Rural support has 14 hubs across the country. Most have facilitators trained in mental wellness support, or you can ring 0800 787 254 to talk to someone.
  • New Zealand Young Farmers offer leadership opportunities, scholarships and exchanges. Members can access for free the Generate programme focusing on developing attitude, character, principles and people skills.

If you need to talk to someone, the following free helplines operate 24/7:

LIFELINE: 0800 543 354
NEED TO TALK? Call or text 1737
SAMARITANS: 0800 726 666
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 or text 234