More than 60 people have attended a backyard fundraiser in Manilla, aimed at putting the spotlight on the emotional toll of the drought.
The event, a fundraiser for Beyond Blue, is now in its third year and was hosted by Manilla local Julie Coote.
Guests heard from four guest speakers, who each shared their personal perspective on how the ongoing drought is affecting them.
Jacob Hawley manages Hart Rural Manilla. He spoke about the devastating economic impacts the drought is having on business and how reduced cash-flow has led to some employees in regional areas having their work hours reduced. He also said many farmers who come into the store are simply after a listening ear.
Manilla district farmer Angus Faulks gave an insight into life on the land, and the tough decisions that have to be made during this continuing drought.
While another local farmer, Lucy Gallagher spoke about her experience of reaching out to Beyond Blue and the difference it has made.
Rob Bowman, who farms near Manilla, openly discussed his experience of poor mental health during the drought early this decade and the necessity to seek professional assistance at the time. He provided an insight into ways he looks after his mental health during this current prolonged drought.
Last year, over 130,000 Australians contacted Beyond Blue for support.
- Beyond Blue 1300 224636
- Lifeline 13 11 14