Young Farmers getting talking
NZ Young Farmers is ramping up its efforts to get young people talking about mental health.
It will facilitate a further five GoodYarn workshops across the country, including one at the Mangatera Hotel in Dannevirke at 6.30pm on October 2.
The workshops are designed to equip people with the tools to identify the signs of mental illness and seek appropriate support.
“It is important people have the skills to recognise if a family member, neighbouring farmer or customer is struggling,” said Megan Bates from NZ Young Farmers.
Figures released this month by the Chief Coroner reveal New Zealand’s suicide rate has risen for the fourth year in a row.
The provisional statistics show 668 people took their own lives in the 2017/18 year, with the highest number recorded in the 20 to 24 age group.
“These figures are a tragedy. We need to keep educating people to spot the signs that someone close to them may want to take their own life,” said Megan.
NZ Young Farmers facilitated 10 GoodYarn workshops from Whanga¯ rei to Gore last November following a challenging spring.
NZ Young Farmers has a network of almost 80 clubs across the country, which Bates said held monthly meetings, organised regular social events and took part in contests and competitions.
“The aim of all of those things is to get people who often work in isolated jobs off farm and socialising,” Megan said.
Megan Bates from NZ Young Farmers.