Zoetis dou­bles down for men­tal health

Dairy News Australia - - OPINION -

Not con­tent with do­nat­ing $100 000 to sup­port men­tal health sup­port ser­vice, be­yond­blue, in 2016, Zoetis have set them­selves the challenge to raise the same amount by Oc­to­ber 31. Zoetis raised last year’s amount through col­lect­ing $5 from each sale of its cat­tle and sheep vac­cines and drenches, and has com­mit­ted to the same do­na­tion drive this year from Au­gust 1 to Oc­to­ber 31. There is an ur­gent, on­go­ing need to meet the men­tal health chal­lenges faced by Aus­tralians in ru­ral ar­eas, where the rate of sui­cide is about 50 per cent higher than in ma­jor cities. Money raised by Zoetis goes di­rectly to be­yond­blue phone and on­line ser­vices, which are an ex­cel­lent way for peo­ple in the bush to get as­sis­tance. For more in­for­ma­tion about anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and sui­cide prevention, visit www.be­yond­blue.org.au or call the 24/7 be­yond­blue Sup­port Ser­vice on 1300 22 4636.

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