Vanessa - Farmer, Cooplacurripa NSW

My picture of the struggle in farmer mental health is:

Farmer mental health, to me, looks like an ongoing battle with relentless stress, exacerbated by factors like fluctuating stock prices, theft, accidents, and isolation. It involves building resilience while constantly questioning the worth of the farming lifestyle, all while trying to maintain a positive outlook for the family's sake.


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

Farmer mental health, from a strengths and positives perspective, is about finding strength and well-being in moments spent with family while pursuing common goals, appreciating the beauty and humility of nature, and cherishing shared experiences like buggy trips, mustering cattle, and relaxing by the river after a hard day's work. These moments remind us that time keeps moving, and they contribute to our mental and emotional growth.


A little more about Vanessa:

I'm a cattle station owner and Merino wool grower, crafting baby blankets and women's knitwear. I reside on Cooplacurripa Station and am committed to raising awareness about the mental load women in rural areas bear, often while managing small businesses like mine without adequate support, such as childcare.


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