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Mental health programs to reach remote farming and agriculture communities

OzHelp Foundation has recently secured a grant from the 2019 Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropic program to work directly with farming and agricultural employers in regional and remote communities to develop and deliver a pilot project that will research and evaluate targeted industry-specific preventative mental health programs.

Workers within the farming and agricultural industry in regional and remote communities are identified as high-risk, hard to reach and are over-represented in ABS statistics relating to suicide.

OzHelp Foundation CEO Mr Darren Black is pleased that this program will extend OzHelp’s reach to more of Australia’s most remote and at-risk workers.

“This funding will boost our capacity to reach those who need our help the most. OzHelp’s program will include awareness raising and prevention activities, online physical and mental health screening and assessment and follow up support,” Mr Black said.

This innovative project will provide industry-specific insights that will inform the case for continued investment in employee health and wellbeing initiatives.

The project will be informed by key learnings and experiences from OzHelp’s past successes in developing targeted preventative mental health and suicide prevention programs with and for other industry groups and employers within construction and mining over the last seventeen years.

OzHelp will endeavour to work directly with the agricultural industry including the National Farmers Federation and other regional/remote partners to deliver mental health education, awareness and early intervention programs to identified participant workplaces. The Royal Flying Doctor Service will also be participating in the development of a pre and post evaluation program framework for this important project.

OzHelp Foundation will be seeking further investment, and interested farming and agriculture employers will be encouraged to participate in the project to pilot new preventative mental health programs specifically tailored to farming and agriculture industry employees.

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