Sabrina - Farmer, author and speaker, Kangaroo Island SA

My picture of the struggle in farmer mental health is:

The exhaustion after a long day of physical work, the disappointment in commodity prices after putting all your efforts and finances into the rebuild of your farm post-disaster, the financial struggles, trying to be there for everyone all the time, running a household, family, business, and not always remembering myself or finding time for me.


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

Being on a flexible timetable and able to support my children whenever they need me, having the capacity to follow my passion projects and putting up my hand in the community, having the space and serenity to look after myself and my well-being on my own land, growing my own food, bonfires with the family after a long day, meals together with my husband rather than co-workers elsewhere, a deep understanding of the way Australian farmers live in the country and an appreciation for everyone's hard work.


A little more about Sabrina:

Founder of Humans of Kangaroo Island. Awarding-winning storyteller, author, copywriter and speaker.

After creating our own little family on Kangaroo Island and happily living on our remote sheep farm for 11 years, my husband, our two young children and I lost our family home during the 2020 summer bushfires.


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