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National grower groups join forces to strengthen mental health awareness

TWO national grain groups have joined forces to strengthen mental health awareness and suicide preventions in support of Australian farmers and rural communities.

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 Brad Hogg (pictured at Mingenew Expo) will be at Elders FarmFest today as part of the Take-a-Break tour. Photo courtesy GPA.

Brad Hogg (pictured at Mingenew Expo) will be at Elders FarmFest today as part of the Take-a-Break tour. Photo courtesy GPA.

GrainGrowers is partnering with Grain Producer's Australia to support its Farmers Mates Mental Health initiative by co-hosting events and promoting shared messages and engagement opportunities.

The initiative was launched by GPA in 2022 in partnership with Nufarm, Rural Aid, Lifeline and Australian cricketing legend Brad Hogg, as the inaugural National Ambassador. 

GPA Chair and Western Australian grain producer, Barry Large, said by backing the mental health partnership GrainGrowers demonstrated genuine leadership and commitment.

"The partnership sends a strong message that we are working to make a real difference on mental health for growers and our communities," Large said.

"The theme and messaging for this year on Hoggy's ‘Take-a-Break' tour highlights the importance of farmers taking a break, to stay fit, fresh and healthy, after a few big production years.

"The GrainGrowers partnership strengthens the message, sharing events and awareness opportunities across the grains industry and the broader community."

GrainGrowers Chair and WA farmer, Rhys Turton, said his organisation was proud to back the strong partnership with GPA, Nufarm, Rural Aid and Lifeline.

"GrainGrowers understands how important mental health is to our members and the broader community, and that we all need to play our part in supporting better outcomes," Turton said.

"Our farm safety project is not just about helping with the visible aspects of safety, but also extends to mental health.

"The partnership with GPA highlights our commitment to make a real difference.

"We're looking forward to hosting Hoggy at community events to provide more opportunity to share his important messages about mental health and his personal journey and experiences."

This year's ‘Take-a-Break' tour starts today at Elders FarmFest, Toowoomba, with AgForce members. Other confirmed events this year are:

• AgQuip, Gunnedah, NSW, August 22-24

• Yorke Peninsula Field Days, Paskeville, SA, September 26-28

• Elmore Field Days, Elmore, Vic, October 3-5

 

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