Our newest mental health program, ‘We’ve Got Your Back’, provides genuine face-to-face support for rural people from the land in Far West NSW.
In partnership with Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast, we are training a number of rural ‘Champions’ – local graziers who themselves have been through hard times – to engage in genuine conversations about mental health, provide advocacy for people impacted by drought and illness, and link others in their community to appropriate services.
We now have four Champions on board; Richard Wilson, Brendan Cullen, and Bodie and Rachel Hill. “We’ve Got Your Back is providing connection with someone who has “been there” and understands the hardships of drought and living in a remote area," says We’ve Got Your Back Project Coordinator, Emma Osman.
"It’s known that peer support programs like We’ve Got Your Back reduce stigma around mental health and help people feel connected and understood, while providing mateship and giving hope.”
Bodie and Rachel Hill from Waka Station, 80km north-west of Tibooburra, say they are humbled by the opportunity to share their experiences and hope it will help others in their community who are experiencing challenges.
“We’ve Got Your Back is making it easier for people to reach out and talk about their mental health. It’s bridging the gap for those who otherwise might not have been comfortable talking and letting them know they’re not alone. We’ve always admired the work of the Flying Doctor, so it’s very humbling to be part of this important program,” says Rachel.
Thanks to supporters like you, we can continue to work on new mental health programs that reach people affected by drought, disease, fires, and the pressures of isolation.