• Mental health needs for farmers discussed

    Date: 2018.07.06 | Category: 老域名 | Tags:

    The Centre for Rural and Remorte Mental Health David Perkins and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simson at the Primary Industries and Mental Health 2015 Symposium in Dubbo yesterday.PHOTO: TAYLOR JURDHealth professionals, researchers and those in the farming, mining and quarrying industries came together in Dubbo yesterday to explore mental needs and work on solutions for those employed in regional and remote areas.

    The aim of the Primary Industries and Mental Health 2015 Symposium was to exchange ideas on the varying mental health needs of those living in these communities.

    Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRM) director David Perkins said it was wonderful having farmers, researchers and industry specialists working together to achieve better outcomes for mental health.

    “There are specific challenges in rural and remote areas which makes life very difficult for people,” he said.

    “We’re want to try and get practical outcomes and we hope to make a difference.”

    With about 30 people in attendance at the meeting, Mr Perkins said there was strong representation from industries where mental health services and support were needed.

    “Rural communities face hardships such as drought, flood and fire, as well as economic problems such as falling commodity prices,” he said. “At times they are under a great deal of stress and we need to understand and cater for their needs.

    Outgoing NSW Farmers president and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simpson said the challenge is to get a solution.

    “We’ve begun the journey of fixing the problem and we’ve begun the conversation,” she said. “My job is talking to the government so that they’re aware of this and that both the state and federal governments can find a national approach.”

    Other speakers included Brian Kelly from the Centre for Resources Health and Safety, Caroel James from the School of Health Sciences.

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