Mental Health

Horses help to restore wellbeing

[9 November/Otago Daily Times] Horses are being used to promote mental health in Rangiora, North Canterbury. Salta Horses are using the Equine-assisted Growth and Learning Association international certified model to assist in wellbeing and recovery from trauma. Director Deirdre Ryan hosted two open days last month as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Ms Ryan...

Farmers need to flick the switch to avoid depression

[6 November/New Zealand Herald] Doug Avery, author of best-selling book The Resilient Farmer, spoke about resilience to about 200 farmers on Friday, October 27 at the Dannevirke Services and Citizen’s Club. Having battled with depression, Mr Avery reflected on his own story and advised audience members about to manage one’s mental health in the farming...