The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS -

Over the next few months I hope to of­fer my fel­low ru­ralites a reg­u­lar in­sight and ad­vice into the abil­ity for each of us to con­trib­ute to the well­be­ing of our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, firstly via our­selves as in­di­vid­u­als and through our friends and fam­i­lies.

Broad top­ics and con­cepts along­side prac­ti­cal meth­ods to en­able us all to be part of sup­port­ing change and cre­at­ing a new sense of nor­mal for our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is the aim of this project.

We each face a grow­ing range of stres­sors and wor­ries as each year and gen­er­a­tion of mod­erni­sa­tion arises.

Not only do we face the age old bane of fi­nan­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, phys­i­cal and emo­tional stress upon our­selves and our fam­i­lies, but sub­se­quently our com­mu­ni­ties then suf­fer.

We now have to adapt to con­cepts such as con­stant dig­i­tal no­ti­fi­ca­tions, so­cial me­dia, fi­nan­cial global cli­mate and crises and the worry of our fu­ture ahead.

Let’s peel all those lay­ers back and have a good look at our­selves as in­di­vid­u­als. How are we cop­ing and how can we cor­rect that? How are we adapt­ing?

What are we por­tray­ing to oth­ers around us as who we are as mem­bers of so­ci­ety? Im­por­tantly though, are we pri­ori­tis­ing our own phys­i­cal and men­tal health and sta­bil­ity?

We are now lucky to be pro­vided with reg­u­lar in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cles, work­shops, on­line plat­forms, Face­book groups and pub­lic health mes­sages that can guide us on this jour­ney to be­ing re­silient ru­ral folk.

We are be­ing given the 5 Ways to Well­be­ing of­ten in these mes­sages and it’s work­ing a lot.

How­ever we still have an alarm­ing rate of sui­cide, but it is not just due to farm­ing.

Let us all try to be bet­ter peo­ple, en­cour­ag­ing a bet­ter fam­ily and friend’s in­clu­sion,

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