Farmers from more than 4000 Victorian farms will be able to tap into extended counselling and support services as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.5 million assistance package to support dairy farmers and their families.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said more than $800,000 would be allocated to support the health and wellbeing of farmers, including counselling services. Support programs will also be developed in consultation with farmers to best meet their needs.
The package provides more support for phone based services and up to 30 additional mental health first aid sessions in impacted communities. The Look Over The Farm Gateprogram will be expanded and support for 23 local government areas to drive easy access to support by developing area specific information and advice.
The Labor Government is providing $11.4 million in assistance to support farmers who are currently experiencing particularly difficult times. This also includes working with regional staff and service providers to ensure they are aware and ready to respond to affected dairy farmers and their families.
For information on the package and support available visit:www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/dairy/support-for-dairy-farmers or call 136 186.
Dairy farmers and their families who need immediate support are encouraged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14
Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
“We know our farmers are resilient and proud people, but we also know that even the most resilient need support during these difficult times for the dairy sector.”
“We will continue to work with service providers and community organisations to ensure this funding is providing the best and most targeted support.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“We will continue to put farmers and their families first by providing them with the support they need to look after themselves during this tough time.”