Conversations in the agricultural and rural community pertaining to mental health generally don’t go beyond raising awareness of mental health itself and what it is.
We think it’s time for the conversation to move forward from simplying saying “It’s ok not to be ok”, and to discuss what we can do to look after ourselves when we aren’t ok.
We also think that it’s time to acknowledge the spectrum of mental health issues we all face, because the conversation generally tends to sit around the extremes of depression, anxiery and suicicde. We aren’t minimizing these at all, but want to make space for ogther issues too.
In this episode I sit down with Matilda Robinson, who grew up on her family’s cattle station in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
Matilda first started experiencing anxiety around the age of 9, but didn’t recognise what it was until her late teens.
We speak about her experience trying to balance seeking help for anxiety and depression, while living in remote parts of Australia, finding the right mental health professional, and what she does on a day to day basis to maintain her mental health.
Please note that this episode may be triggering for some people, so it may be best to listen in the company of support.
**Quick note guys – I’ve had this episode reviewed by a mental health professional, and as such you’re going to hear a couple of edits in this episode where I’m going to add in some commentary after the fact. Matilda and I did the best we could during recording, but upon reflection there’s a few things we’d like to clarify and language we think that needs to be changed. **
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If you are experiencing depression or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available.
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.com.au
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 www.beyondblue.org.au/
- Mindspot: 1800 61 44 34 http://mindspot.org.au/
- Men’s Shed: www.mensheds.org.au
- Virtual Psychologist is a free service that offers qualified and experienced counselling via phone, chat, email and text. It is available 24/7. Contact this service via PHONE on 1300 665 234 or TEXT on 0488 807 266. http://virtualpsychologist.com.au/home/
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This episode is sponsored by Resource Consulting Services – Australia’s leading provider of holistic, regenerative farm business education and advisory services. The Grazing for Profit School has been delivered in every Australian state to more than 5500 farmers, empowering them to increase profit, lift the health and production of their land, improve relationships in their business and enhance their work-life balance. Learn more at www.rcsaustralia.com.au