Support a mate is about helping farmers, their families and rural communities through tough times such as drought.
Support A Mate Rural Outreach is about helping connect farmers, their families and rural communities to support services and a regular outreach phone service, to assist in managing mental health stressors.
What is Support A Mate?
Extended drought in North Western NSW and Queensland puts enormous stress on farming communities. Repeated seasonal losses in income due to poor crops or no crop to harvest with the addition of having to shoot live stock or give them away because there just is no feed available leaves the farmer without breeding stock and without the capacity to restart if and when it rains again.
Disasters like droughts bring on feelings of hopelessness, and the added pressure of increased loan commitments with limited means of meeting repayments can push farming communities to the extreme.
Support A Mate has been created to support individuals experiencing such hardships. Through linking with a Telephone Referral & Information Support Service (TRISS) and regular outreach phone service that maintains connection with members in the community, Support A Mate acts as a referral point for mental health support.
The fundamental principles of Support a Mate include breaking down stigma, promoting mental health and suicide prevention, and encouraging equality, loyalty and friendship within the community.
For more information visit: www.supportamate.org.au or phone 1800 985 944.