Support for our rural farmers

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pictured:  With Dalton Kelly, Chief Executive of New Zealand Rural General Practice Network

Rural farmers need all the support they can get, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Today Mr Doocey met with Dalton Kelly, Chief Executive of New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, and Linda Reynolds, Group Manager Rural, to discuss mental health in our rural communities.

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is part of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ) which is working with member organisations, led by Federated Farmers and alongside the Mental Health Foundation, to help increase awareness of the resources available and to help rural people access help when they need it.

“Accessing mental health support can be difficult for rural communities due to the distance between health-care services and the seasonal pressures of farming,” Mr Doocey said. “Our farmers are the backbone of our rural ecconomies – when they do well, the country does well and so does Waimakariri.”

Mr Doocey urged anyone requiring support to make contact with the organisations below:

Mental health helpline resources

HPA: www.depression.org.nz/rural
Mental Health Foundation helplines: http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/
Mental Health Foundation In Crisis: http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/
Federated Farmers: “When Life’s a Bitch”
Ministry of Health: http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/mental-health-services
Suicide Prevention Information NZ: http://www.spinz.org.nz/test/114-helplines-and-support-services
Supporting Families in Mental Illness: http://www.supportingfamilies.org.nz/resources/mental-health-info/counselling-and-helplines.aspx
Youthline 0800 376 633
Samaritans 0800 726 666
Depression helpline 0800 111 757
Rural Support Trusts 0800 787 254.