SUPPORTING rural and regional communities is something we at NSW Farmers are passionate about.
So when we heard the R U OK? Foundation was looking at ways to get their message out into rural and regional communities, it was easy for us to put our hand up.
R U OK? aims to inspire all Australians to take responsibility for people in their lives who may be struggling and need an opportunity to say "I'm not okay" to a friend or family members.
NSW Farmers has a proud history of helping to address mental health issues in rural New South Wales.
In 2005, with more than 1500 farmers attending a drought summit in Parkes, it was clear mental health was a major issue impacting the lives of people in rural and regional NSW.
As a result we set up a Rural Mental Health Network to co-ordinate mental health services in the regions.
R U OK? is a great match for us.
By helping the foundation we hope it will serve to prevent some of the suicides and mental health issues that have touched many of our members and people in country NSW.
The foundation does great work by encouraging people to openly discuss mental health issues, promote the importance of meaningful chats and inform people about how they can access help if they need it.
I am proud one of our members from Coleambally, John Ward, is an R U OK? Foundation ambassador.
I encourage everyone to ask their neighbour R U OK?
Go to ruokday.com/supporters/ ambassadors/john-ward/.