#BuildingFarmSpirit

Flood Response Support for Victorian Primary Producers

Our farming communities are living in a time of extreme climatic events.

At the National Centre for Farmer Health, we are committed to supporting primary producers whose properties, livestock or crops were damaged or lost in the floods through the delivery of initiatives to boost farmer mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • A supportive online community through the #BuildingFarmSpirit social media campaign,
  • Free access to online psychology support delivered by farmer health trained psychologists,
  • Support for community events providing social connection and mental health promotion opportunities for farmers, farming families and farming communities,
  • Distribution of mental health resources and support information.

#BuildingFarmSpirit  social media campaign

Our farmers have many personal stories to tell that raise awareness of mental health, reduce stigma, start conversations, and inspire positive action in others.  #BuildingFarmSpirit will encourage Victorian farmers and farming families affected by flood to share these stories.  

This is a welcoming space for farmers to share stories of how they navigate challenging times and is open to any and all forms of creativity, whether it be photos, videos, poems or music.  But the image or video is only half of it – we want to hear the story behind what made you want to capture that moment.

Complementing these shared experiences will be key tips and tricks to help farmers through challenging times.

A coffee-table book will create a permanent record of the strategies and methods that our resilient farmers and farming communities used to support their mental health during this time and remind us all that we can get through this together.

Join our online community and share your story with us!

Farmer Online Assist Program

We are providing free access to online mental health support delivered by farmer health trained psychologists.

The Farmer Online Assist Program will provide Victoria’s flood-affected farmers with the ability to access up to three free sessions with a registered AHPRA accredited Psychologist (without a need to have a GP mental health plan) and help farmers navigate their way through these challenging times.

More information about accessing this service will be released soon….

Please note, access to this program is limited and available only to Victorian farmers, farm workers and farming families affected by the 2022 floods. 

Farmer Online Assist is not a crisis service. If you require crisis support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or in an emergency where there is an immediate risk of harm to a person call 000.

Boosting local community support

We are looking to support and partner with local agriculture industry groups, not-for-profit organisations and individuals who wish to boost farmers mental health and wellbeing through community events or programs that provide social connection and mental health promotion for farmers and farming communities.

If you have an idea that promotes social connection and wellbeing for farmers, please register your interest or chat with us about how we can partner with you.

Register your interest

Join our #BuildingFarmSpirit movement on social media

@buildingfarmspirit

Building Farm Spirit Facebook group

@buildfarmspirit

Upcoming Events

Helping your clients out of the mud

December 7th 2022, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Learn how to recognise and respond to farmers exhibiting significant signs of stress, and how to look after yourself when supporting others.

Flood Support Resources

Please follow the advice of emergency services at all times.

Farmers who have been impacted by floods and require assistance or have urgent animal welfare needs, please contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Flood Recovery Hotline
The hotline is a single state-wide number that Victorians impacted by the October 2022 floods can call for help or assistance (including mental health and wellbeing support). The hotline is open from 7.30am-7.30pm every day.
1800 560 760
https://www.vic.gov.au/emergency-recovery-victoria
Mental health and wellbeing hubs across Victoria
Free and confidential support to Victorians of all ages who have any mental health or wellbeing concerns, including lowered mood, anxiety, substance use or addiction, financial difficulties, homelessness or housing stress, and loneliness or social isolation. This hotline is open from 9 am to 10 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.
1300 375 330 (9 am – 10 pm weekdays, 9 am – 5 pm weekends)

Useful Links

Have a question? Contact us directly:

Sally Cunningham
Project Manager

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