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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.

❝Ob­vi­ously,

with the type of per­son­al­ity I have, peo­ple didn’t see it com­ing for some­one like me.

— Deon Richard­son

❚ If you or any­one you know needs sup­port, phone Life­line on 13 11 14.

Deon Richard­son speaks out on men­tal health.

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