Men­tal health week smart tips

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

QUEENS­LAND Men­tal Health Week, be­ing held this week, is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tance of men­tal health and well-be­ing.

Farm­ing can be a high-stress in­dus­try to work in. Peo­ple in agri­cul­ture can face stresses which those in other in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties do not face.

The pres­sures of day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the busi­ness of­ten take pri­or­ity over the well-be­ing and metal health of farm­ers and their em­ploy­ees. There have been sev­eral stud­ies which have iden­ti­fied farm­ers of­ten re­ject the no­tion that farm­ing dif­fi­cul­ties af­fect them psy­cho­log­i­cally (not just phys­i­cally).

It has been found there is a com­mon at­ti­tude that peo­ple who dwell on their prob­lems are de­scribed as ‘whingers’ and that there is limited ac­cep­tance and ac­knowl­edge­ment of dis­tress­ing feel­ings such as de­pres­sion.

Aside from em­ploy­ers’ obli­ga­tions un­der the WHS Act to man­age risks to health and safety, Grow­com says farm­ers need to value them­selves, build pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships and look after them­selves.

For more information about 2017 Men­tal Health Week, visit www.qld­men­tal health­week.org.au.

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