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Young Farmers to facilitate five mental health workshops

Published: Wed 29 Aug 2018 09:22 AM
Wednesday 29th August 2018
NZ Young Farmers to facilitate five GoodYarn mental health workshops
NZ Young Farmers is ramping up its efforts to get young people talking about mental health.
The organisation has announced it will facilitate a further five GoodYarn workshops across the country.
They will be held in the Taranaki/Manawatu, Tasman, Aorangi and East Coast regions during October.
The workshops are designed to equip people with the tools to identify the signs of mental illness and seek appropriate support.
“It is important people have the skills to recognise if a family member, neighbouring farmer or customer is struggling,” said Megan Bates from NZ Young Farmers.
Figures released last week by the Chief Coroner reveal New Zealand’s suicide rate has risen for the fourth year in a row.
The provisional statistics show 668 people took their own lives in the 2017/18 year.
The highest number of suicides were recorded in 20-24 age group.
“These figures are a tragedy. We need to keep educating people to spot the signs that someone close to them may want to take their own life,” said Megan.
NZ Young Farmers facilitated 10 GoodYarn workshops from Whangarei to Gore last November following a challenging spring.
Latest figures show the number of suicides has increased in Southland, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne regions.
NZ Young Farmers has a network of almost 80 clubs across the country.
“Members hold monthly meetings, organise regular social events and take part in contests and competitions,” said Megan.
“The aim of all of those things is to get people who often work in isolated jobs off farm and socialising.”
Venues for the GoodYarn workshops in October are still being confirmed.
NZ Young Farmers is working to secure funding to run further workshops next year.
Workshop details:
3rd and 4th October – East Coast
10th October – Tasman
11th October – Aorangi
25th October – Taranaki/Manawatu
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