People who live and work on the land manage a set of challenges including long working hours, extreme weather events, isolation, financial pressures, and stress of being 24/7 on-farm. These factors can affect mental wellbeing. To take care of yourself, and be able to help others, one of the best things you can do is talk.
GoodYarn is a hands-on workshop to give you the practical tools, confidence and understanding of mental illness and wellness, so you can talk to people in rural communities about mental health. It’s free to attend and focuses on rural issues especially for rural professionals, farmers and rural community members.
Launched in 2014 with the support of Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Rural Support, Dairy Women’s Network, Beef and Lamb and Rural Women, GoodYarn was the 2016 Category Winner at Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Service Awards. The programme was developed in 2014 by the WellSouth Primary Health Network in Otago and Southland, in consultation with farmers, Rural Support Trusts, farming bodies and health agencies.
Duration and location
• Workshops take 2.5 hours
• Usually for groups of 10-20
• The NCRST’s two facilitators will be running one a month from October
• Available in most communities around New Zealand.
What is included
• Tips for maintaining mental wellbeing
• How to recognise the signs of stress and common mental health problems
• Practical tools to help you initiate a conversation if concerned about someone
• How to access the right support services