Beyond Blue and Team ABCRA – a Winning Combination!

28 Oct 2014

Beyond Blue and Team ABCRA – a Winning Combination!

Fresh from their win at the recent National Campdraft Championships of Australia; Team ABCRA has come out in support of rural men’s mental health and has donated its $1000 prize money to Beyond Blue!

In accepting the team’s award, Team ABCRA member Lachie Maxwell spoke about the importance of men’s health:
“We’ve all known somebody who’s been affected. This is another small way in which we, members of the rural community, can make a difference.”

Beyond Blue advises that, on average, 1 in 8 men will have depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.

While women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated.

Depression is a high risk factor for suicide and, in Australia, there are approximately 2,200 suicides each year. 80 per cent are by men – with an average of 5 men taking their lives every single day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 44, significantly exceeding the national road toll.

Isolation and difficulty accessing services are some of the challenges faced by men living in rural and remote communities. For those making a living from the land, there is some evidence to suggest that the farm environment is hazardous to mental health, with farmers experiencing high rates of stress and depression. In Australia, male farmers die by suicide at rates significantly higher than the general population and non-farming rural males.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you, or others you know, are experiencing depression or anxiety there are effective treatments available, and the sooner you take action the better – either for yourself or by referring someone else to the right resources.