Are you bogged mate? is all about helping rural people talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.
Depression in the bush is a lot like getting bogged in the mud. It might have been just a sticky patch of the road or paddock where the vehicle stopped moving, maybe you needed low range or to winch yourself out. But what happens when you get properly bogged? When it’s down to the running boards, sitting on the chassis, you are not getting out of this one easily – that’s the kind of bogged we mean.
Rural people are facing challenges like never before but it doesn’t mean you need to get stuck in the mud. There are plenty places to go to get a tow and it takes guts to admit you’re bogged. We’re making sure you’re connected with the right hands to pull you out.
Join Mary O'Brien, the Founder, Director and CEO of a rural mental health initiative called ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’ as she uses her exceptional ability to communicate with farmers, aimed to help connect country people with support services and breakdown the stigma associated with seeking help. Mary is a passionate advocate for agriculture and was raised on the land. She understands the diverse challenges faced by the rural sector. After spending her whole life working in rural and remote Australia, Mary knows rural people. She’s worked with them, for them, and beside them and mostly importantly she knows how to talk to them.
Farmers, their employees and agricultural groups are invited to attend free 'Are You Bogged Mate?' seminars planned from March 15-18 in various locations throughout Tasmania. Click on the event closest to you for more details.