Mental health week smart tips
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.