Tackling rural depression one step at a time
CASE IH brand leader Bruce Healy is fully committed to the company’s partnership with mental health organisation beyondblue.
In fact, he’s taking his responsibility 126,000 steps further by walking the New York City Marathon in November and he hopes to raise $5000 for beyondblue through his efforts.
Agricultural machinery company, Case IH has teamed up with beyondblue to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in farming communities, and the company has pledged to donate at least $100,000 a year to the charity.
“At first, it was a personal fitness challenge for me,” Mr Healy said.
“I was overweight and I wanted to lose a few kilos and improve my health, so I set a pretty big goal to get me motivated.
“But after talking with our dealers and customers out there in the field, I realised just how important beyondblue’s work is to rural and remote communities.
“Just about everyone working in agriculture knows someone dealing with depression or anxiety.
“So I’m dedicating my marathon to the charity,” he said.
Studies show farming communities in Australia experience mental health issues at twice the rate of the general population – with financial pressure, social isolation and long hours just some of the causes of stress and depression.
“Farming is a tough business and while Australian farmers are known for their resilience, this doesn’t mean that people don’t feel the impact of a string of bad seasons, or even the stresses of everyday life,” he said.
Mr Healy has proven his own resilience, having already shed almost 20 kilograms and fitting in at least a 20 kilometre walk most weekends.
With just four months to go, he has now registered for his first marathon.
To help Bruce raise funds for beyondblue, visit www. give.everydayhero.com/au/ bruce-healy or find Case IH Australia on Facebook and follow the link.
If you or someone you know needs support, learn how to tackle the problem by calling the beyondblue support line on 1300 224 636 or visiting beyondblue.org.au.
PERSONAL STEPS: Case IH Australia’s brand leader, Bruce Healy, is taking part in the New York City Marathon this year both as a personal fitness challenge, and to raise money for beyondblue.