CBH fo­cuses on men­tal health

Narrogin Observer - - News - Shannon Smith

A new cam­paign launched on Mon­day by CBH Group raises aware­ness of men­tal health in re­gional WA.

Four di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing Newde­gate farmer and CBH chair­man Wally New­man, shared per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in part­ner­ship with the Black Dog Institute and Life­line WA.

The cam­paign in­cludes a video se­ries of the di­rec­tors dis­cussing how men­tal health has af­fected them or their com­mu­ni­ties, with a video re­leased each day this week on CBH so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

Mr New­man said the cam­paign aimed to re­move the stigma at­tached to men­tal ill­ness and en­cour­age those who live re­gion­ally to seek help if needed.

“While agri­cul­ture is a great in­dus­try and our coun­try towns have strong com­mu­ni­ties, farm­ers do it tough from time to time, par­tic­u­larly in poor sea­sons,” he said.

“Men in re­mote and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties too are at greater risk of sui­cide com­pared with their city coun­ter­parts.

“We de­vel­oped our cam­paign to send a mes­sage to any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion or poor men­tal health that they are not alone, there is hope and there are peo­ple who can help.”

Sun­day, Septem­ber 10, is marked World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics, ev­ery day one per­son dies by sui­cide in WA — and the rate is higher in re­gional ar­eas than in Perth.

Black Dog Institute act­ing di­rec­tor Ni­cole Cock­ayne said the cam­paign re­minded peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties that there were meth­ods avail­able for seek­ing help.

“Many peo­ple in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties find it dif­fi­cult to know where to turn when they or some­one they know is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of men­tal ill­ness,” she said. If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health is­sues or know a per­son who is and would like to speak with some­one, con­tact Life­line WA on 13 11 14.

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