Young Farm­ers get­ting talk­ing

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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.

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