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.
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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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Can You Assist With Research into Farmer Suicide?

Incidence of suicide in Australian farmers is higher than the national average, and many factors contribute to this increased risk. The purpose of this study is to identify risk and protective factors linked to suicide in farming communities. The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University are looking for participants to take part in a phone interview, conducted by a clinical interviewer where you would talk about your close one.
You are welcome to participate if: you are aged 18 years or over; you are next-of-kin of either a farmer who died by suicide, a farmer who died by sudden death, or a living farmer; and you would be willing to give two hours of your time to talk to us. This information will assist us in understanding the issues specific to Australian farmers who died by suicide.
If you’d like to participate or would like more information about this study, please contact Lisa Kunde on 07 3735 1144 or This research is part of a larger project, funded by the Australian Research Council, and is conducted by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention in collaboration with the University of Newcastle and other partner organisations. We would like to assure you that your privacy will be protected at all times and any information provided will remain confidential. This study has been approved by the Griffith University Ethics Committee (Reference No CSR/08/13/HREC).

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thumbs Up @theland

Thumbs up to The Land Newspaper for their Glove Box Guide to Mental Health. As a family who have been hit full force by the stigma (ignorance) attached to mental illness (I will never forget the day farmers turned their heads the other way when I walked into Landmark) every little bit helps.

Comments such as "he can come back but in a reduced capacity", "would be better if he was injured in a workplace accident than have depression", "he is unemployable", should never have to be heard.

The upside - life is beautiful and everyone's life is important. 
Fight for it. 
The result can be amazing. 

And I will also forever remember the people who showed kindness & compassion, even if it was just a "how are you doing".