hay for a good couple of weeks now and a strange idea came into my mind that I could make a funny little video about hay bales rolling themselves up,” he said.
A cross between David Attenborough and Russell Coight, Mr Richardson explained how the bales “picked up the fluffy stuff” as they rolled along.
“Once these bales roll themselves, they form this skin over them that holds them together,” he explained in the video.
He said you could tell they were ready to be harvested when you could push them and they moved freely or when you did the “good old lick test”. Mr Richardson started making the videos to make his mates and locals around Pinnaroo laugh. He felt humbled to see the footage shared heavily on social media.
“With a bigger reach, I think I can make more people laugh,” he said.
In the mix of ridiculous and funny videos, Mr Richardson shares posts about mental health and describes his journey through poetry.
“It’s important for me to communicate that you don’t have to be someone who looks sad all the time to be someone who suffers from depression,” he said.
“It can affect anyone and it affects a lot of us.
“I am very passionate about talking about my experience with my friends to try to take the stigma away.”
As someone who has survived the depths of depression, his advice for those wanting to help their own mates was fairly simple: give them a call.
“If you see your friends are struggling with anything, sometimes all they want is someone to talk to but they might not be in the right place to ask for that help,” he said.
“Being aware of how your friends and family are acting and how they behave when they are public versus how they act when they are alone is important.
“I don’t think you should feel afraid to ask someone how they are feeling.”
Mr Richardson said his bosses had a good laugh at his videos and supported his “silliness”, so he was keen to keep the comedy rolling.
with the type of personality I have, people didn’t see it coming for someone like me.
— Deon Richardson
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Deon Richardson speaks out on mental health.