Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bale Out Ball

Bale Out Ball is focused on supporting Australian agriculture and revitalising rural communities. The aim of the initiative is to bring rural families and communities together and provide a social outlet for Australian farmers, while supporting agricultural regions and raising money to assist with drought relief. This will be done through events organised for the community, by the community. Any money raised will go to Buy a Bale, Aussie Helpers and back into the host community. 

Bale Out Ball Inc will host local events but, more importantly, provide an events pack to assist other communities in hosting their own events.

As it stands they have almost 16,000 likes on Facebook if they could get each person who follows their page to donate a dollar they could raise a massive amount of money to spread their wings and head nation wide as well as donating money to the drought relief across Australia. By also helping them we can provide many more events and get packs together for other communities to host their own events 

Since establishing in March 2014 they have held 3 successful events , raised money for local communities and most importantly got people in rural communities talking again , smiling again and giving people something to look forward to in tough times. In the next 12 months they hope to spread our wings and go nation wide, however they do need your help so they can help others .

These three events  are the  the first of many that will help encourage rural communities to come together and discuss their issues. As we all know, talking about our problems is one of the best ways to help overcome life’s hurdles and this Ball, along with others, aims to give rural communities a chance to be open in their discussion.

 or their facebook page here

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

System is So Broken

If you missed ABC's 7.30 report last night it is worth a look here

Good mental health is everything and when someone does not have it life can be chaotic, traumatic and often devastating.

At some point we will all face some kind of mental health crisis.
Whether we acknowledge it or not.
Whether we feel comfortable talking about the issue or not.
Whether we wish to help or not.
Although it's guaranteed the more its ignored the more it will persist.

After watching the report I felt compelled to sign the petition on

I watched and cried
How can I help?

Saturday, April 4, 2015


You are invited to take part in this month's online Friday Forum.
The Land and RAMHP have partnered to get more people talking about mental health. Join us on the second Friday this month to talk about mental health.

When: Friday 10th April 2015 at 12 noon

Where: Go to on the day and follow the links 


Isolation, climate factors, succession planning; as well as lack of services, employment opportunities and recreational activities are just some of the issues which can have huge psychological impacts on young people living in rural communities, especially young farmers.
However, there are steps that individuals and their families can take to lessen the mental health impact felt by such issues.

Our expert panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:

• how to address some of the issues that young people living in rural communities face
• how to recognise the signs a young person may be struggling with depresssion or other common mental illnesses
• strategies to support young people and help them cope with difficult issues
• where to go for help and information
•how to recognise if a young person's reaction to an adversity is normal, or something to be worried about
•understanding why some young people don't seek help, and what can be done about it.

                              Sophie                         Josh                      Michael

The panel includes (L to R):
  • Sophie Potter is an Online Community Manager from
  • Josh Gilbert is the 2014 Chair of the NSW Young Farmers Council
  • Dr Michael Ferres is a general practitioner working the area of youth mental health. He has completed training in psychotherapy counselling
  • Representative from Headspace.

Do you have a question for the panel? You can ask on the day or submit your questions ahead of time. 

We hope you can join us!
Please pass this invitation on to others in your network.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Support A Mate

Support A Mate

Support a mate is about helping farmers, their families and rural communities through tough times such as drought.

This website is a hub for local events where everyone can get together and support a mate.

Find events and services in your local area

Join and connect with others to discuss relevant mental health topics, share your story, hear about/advertise access or share resources.

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such as drought.

This website is a hub for local events where everyone can get together and support a mate.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Alive And Well

ALIVE AND WELL, is an important community initiative to support our Australian farming industry. Stories from farmers, the risks and mitigations, the story telling from the paddock, are brought to life, to share everyday lives of the farming community.
In the past 6 months the team have recorded the stories of many farmers across multiple industries, offering valuable insight and awareness. They have now have begun to share these stories online, to reach a broader audience to raise community awareness to further support them, giving farmers a voice to be heard in a safe environment.
Contact for further information
Listed below are 2 links to their latest YouTube video stories, artwork and how you can help them share them.
Check them out its a wonderful initiative
Our farmers need your support.
Find us on Facebook Twitter and Google+
Lisa’s Story Wayne’s Story

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Can you Help?

Women Out West (WOW) is wanting to recognize a prominent woman at their Inaugural regional women’s Conference on 29th November 2014 in Dubbo...a woman  who has made an impact on the world stage but heralds from the Orana, Far West or Central West regions of NSW.

A short paragraph is needed on where they were from and what they are doing now...

Contact Jan Grady – President  on 02 6882 1425  or  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Suicide Prevention Groups Forum - Narrandera

Saturday 1 November 2014
9.30 am to 4.00 pm
New Criterion Hotel, 100 East Street, Narrandera

Purpose of Forum
  • Engage members of other community groups
  • Increase knowledge of Communities Matter Toolkit
  • Share ideas
  • Form networks
  • Increase skills
Presentations from
  • Alan Woodward: Executive Director - Lifeline Research Foundation
  • Sue Murray: Chief Executive Officer - Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Troy Cassidy: Networks Manager - Wesley Lifeforce Networks
RSVP by Friday 21 October to Julie Creig on 0429 344 456 or

Supported by Uniting Care NSW/ACT and Rural Adversity Mental Health Program