Mental health support
If you’re feeling bogged or you’re trying to pull out a mate who’s stuck in the mud, these guys can get you connected with the right help! Bogged? Yep, that’s right. What do we mean by that?
It all started with an online article written by Mary O’Brien – ‘Are you bogged mate?’ – which spread far and wide gaining international attention. This article highlighted that while there are services available for suicide prevention, there is a disconnect in the way depression is being communicated to country men. Are you bogged mate? aims to fix this.
It aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas. Are you bogged mate? confronts the challenges that country men face on a daily basis, talking about mental health, and lighting the path to support.
Check out the Are you bogged mate? website.
The Four Fence Posts of ‘Are you bogged mate?’ – this is what THEY DO:
- Engaging directly with rural men – letting country blokes know that they matter by speaking their language and meeting them in their comfort zone.
- Changing the landscape – breaking down the stigma around mental health and bringing this crucial topic into the spotlight. We do this through spreading awareness, as well as straight-talking speaking engagements and education events that challenge, enlighten and empower.
- Bridging the gap – connecting rural men to the resources available, supporting and directing them to the right places while bringing the conversation to rural communities.
- Being a voice for rural men – speaking up for those who often won’t, we want to light the path to understanding and be a strong advocate for all.
Here at Brown Swiss Australia we’re big fans of Are you bogged mate? and the work they do in Australian farming communities. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from talking with them, just pick up the phone or shoot them an email or go to their Where to get help page.