Serious topic covered in a not-so-serious way
THE Elmore community will gather on Friday to talk about something important — mental health.
But organisers from Elmore Primary Health Services say it won’t be a clinical experience, it’s a night of fun and community bonding.
The “It’s OK to Talk” dinner at the memorial hall starts at 6.30pm and will include a meal.
Over dinner experienced clinicians, doctors and physiologists will talk about how guests can access the support services are available.
‘‘Rural people often will not talk of their problems if confronted individually,’’ practice manager Kathy Tuohey said.
‘‘However if the atmosphere and the setting is right then we believe our guests will benefit from the advice from our presenters.’’
Every four days a farmer dies from depression.
That’s the latest statistic from anti-depression organisation beyondblue. According to a drought relief statement, depression has certainly taken hold in areas, where farmers are struggling to earn an income.
“They say you’re half mad to be a farmer, and probably over the last few years that’s ringing true. But it’s in our blood – that’s what we do. We take it seriously,” it read.
Kathy said it was vital to involve women at the dinner.
‘‘It is often overlooked that women play a key role in farming. They often carry the burden of the finances, where they have got to make ends meet. Often they will seek an extra job just to make ends meet. This stretches them physically and mentally to the limits,’’ she said.
‘‘The aim of this event is to let our communities know there are people out there who care, and can give them some tools to help them cope. Farmers will speak out more freely if they feel comfortable to do so.’’
Mental health speaker and comedian Mark McConville will travel interstate especially for this event.