In support of Lifeline and the vital work it does in rural Australia, proceeds from the first pen of sheep sold at the state’s newest livestock selling centre in Crystal Brook will be donated to the charity.
With the inaugural sale at the new Combined Independent Agents Association (CIAA) sheep and lamb saleyards set for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, CIAA director Wayne Hall said it seemed only fitting to get behind Lifeline and the services it provides, particularly for rural Australians.
“We were extremely grateful and fortunate to have local feedlot operators Andrew and Nick Greig, Fairview Feedlot, Crystal Brook, donate a pen of sheep in support of Lifeline,” Mr Hall said.
“Lifeline is CIAA parent company, Ruralco Holdings Limited, partner charity and we’re extremely proud to support Lifeline and the work it does in tackling rural Australia’s suicide issues. Lifeline also does a lot of work reducing the stigma of mental illness and providing tools, training and increasing awareness of mental health issues.”
Lifeline’s crisis support number 13 11 14 and online crisis support chat are free services helping those experiencing a personal crisis, providing support and suicide prevention services.
Lifeline takes almost 1,000,000 calls a year from people in crisis and also offers on-the-ground support to various regional towns, including face to face counselling, mental health awareness training, and education material to further assist local communities.
Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast chief executive officer Scott Hammond welcomed the support from CIAA and its recognition of the vital role Lifeline is playing across Australia.
“We know that people in rural and remote areas face a range of issues unique to living outside a major city, including reduced access to services, isolation and, for primary producers, the challenges that come from climate variability and reduced farm production,” Mr Hammond said.
“The stereotypical stoicism of the country bloke can also impede their ability to reach out when they’re doing it tough.
“The incidences of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness, and with men in rural areas between 1.3 and 2.6 times more likely to die by suicide than those in urban areas, it’s absolutely vital to ensure crisis help is available.
“For those doing it tough on the land and who could be experiencing a personal crisis – often hundreds of kilometres from services – Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis support line or online crisis support chat service may be their only option for connecting to support.
“We thank Ruralco and the local community for their support for rural mental health and bringing to light the often unspoken struggles of depression, anxiety and mental illness in the community.”
For 24 /7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au
MEDIA CONTACT: CIAA director Wayne Hall 0477 064 407.