The Ripple Effect: Farmers helping farmers beat suicide

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Do your bit to turn the negative ripple of suicide into a positive ripple of support.

The Ripple Effect is about farmers helping farmers. We know through our own experience, that no one tells a story about the ups and downs of life on the land better than farmers themselves.

We also know that people in farming communities are renowned for helping each other—that’s what keeps small communities alive. The Ripple Effect combines the strength of storytelling with rural people’s natural enthusiasm for supporting each other.

The Ripple Effect is a platform for people from the farming community to tell the story of their experience of suicide—whether someone they know has taken their own life, whether they have thought about or attempted to take their own life, whether they have cared for someone who has attempted to take their own life or whether they have been touched by suicide in some other way.

By sharing a story of what has helped you, you can help others learn and take action to make positive changes for their health and wellbeing. We know that this kind of communication helps protect people’s wellbeing. Participation is anonymous, personalised and with people who understand what life in a rural farming community is really like.

This is what you will find on the Ripple Effect:
People’s stories: The video stories and postcards by members of the farming community tell us about their experience of suicide, and are particularly powerful.
Add your story: Tell us your what you’re thinking on one of our online postcards. Remember—the Ripple Effect begins with you!
Know the facts: The Ripple Effect has plenty of valuable information to help you look after yourself and others, including videos from health professionals and stigma experts from farming communities.
Take action: Turn information into practical action and set your personal goals. You can print them off to stick on the fridge!
Access resources: Learn about what resources are available in your area. The personalised nature of the Ripple Effect tells you where you can get support locally, in your state and nationally.

Visit The Ripple Effect to find out more information and how you can be involved.

About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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