Just as physical safety is paramount for farmers and farm workers, so is mental health and well-being. For example, if someone has untreated depressive symptoms (such as feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, changes in sleeping habits, and withdrawing from friends, family and things they normally enjoy), their risk of unintentional injury increases by 41%, which can be life-threatening on the farm.
If you, or someone you know is having a tough time, and you’re not sure what to do, a great place to start is by contacting Rural Alive & Well (RAW). RAW is a confidential support service who work in rural and remote communities and have workers across Tasmania. Anyone can contact RAW on their 24/7 support line, by phoning 1300 HELP MATE (4357 6283).
Rural Business Tasmania’s (RBT) key objective is to help rural families, businesses, and the community manage the ever-evolving demands and challenges facing the primary industry sector.
Rural Business Tasmania has assisted many hundreds of Tasmanian’s to find pathways to sustainable futures.
It has extensive networks that connect quickly and deeply into rural and regional communities. Their services help clients to gain a better understanding of their financial position and identify financial and business risk and opportunities.
RBT assists clients to negotiate with lenders and creditors where necessary and refer to specialist service providers including accountants, family mediation and health and well being counsellors.
National Recovery & Resilience Agency supports communities impacted by disaster, with a strong on-the-ground presence. The Tasmanian on the ground contacts are
Farm Household Case Officer,
Department of Human Services
8 Boland Street Launceston
M: 0436 642 489