Call to destigmatise rural suicide, depression in NZ
Gisborne: A farmer who recently lost a family member to suicide is calling for changes to the way mental health is talked about. Sandra Faulkner farms just out of Gisborne and a member of her extended family committed suicide last month. The family and community were still reeling, and the farming sector needed to change the way it discussed mental health, she said. Using the words “brain health” rather than “mental health” may help to remove the stigma and emotion around the topic, she said.
“The word ‘mental’ is an externality, it’s not something that you can grab hold of and fix or shape, but if you were to talk about brain health and chemical imbalances, then suddenly it’s something that makes perfect sense to farmers.”