Alana - Grazier, via Clermont QLD

My picture of the struggle in farmer mental health is:

Trying to be everything for everyone - wife, mother, distance education tutor, business manager, ringer - and feeling like you are doing it all alone and not doing any of it right.


Some of the glimmer/joyful moments that reflect farmer mental health for me:

Working together as a family to achieve everything. From cattle work to school, fencing to bookwork, we’re not always pretty but we’re pretty effective.


A little more about Alana:

I live and work with my husband and three daughters on our cattle property ‘Star of Hope’, an hour and a half west of Clermont in Central Queensland (one daughter goes to uni in Brisbane and one boarding school in Townsville). We are also starting our last term of Distance Ed with our daughter in year 6. I have been the DE tutor (with my husband stepping in here and there) for 14 years. I call myself a Jill of all Trades and I have finished four years as federal President of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association.

I am so supportive of this campaign. I have struggled so much with my mental health in our circumstances, especially with teaching the kids for the last 14 years and then having to send them off to boarding school. I so appreciate knowing that I am not alone in these struggles. 


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