Help­ing a friend who’s in need

Dalby Herald - - NEWS | OPINION YOUR SAY - — Mary O’Brien, Dalby

AF­TER launch­ing my new pro­gram, Are You Bogged Mate?, for men­tal health of men in the bush, I be­lieve it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue.

I started this pro­gram on the back of many tragic in­stances of men who I knew were suf­fer­ing.

It is im­por­tant for all of us to make sure peo­ple in the bush are men­tally sup­ported, es­pe­cially with hard­ships like droughts and floods that our re­gions ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­ing there for a friend or hav­ing the courage to ask some­one how they are cop­ing is im­por­tant for our com­mu­ni­ties.

In our re­gion alone we have lost many men who felt they did not have any op­tions.

As a com­mu­nity we all need to band to­gether and look out for our mates who seem bogged and could use a hand.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BOGGED: A Dalby woman wants to help ru­ral men bat­tling men­tal health is­sues.

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