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The Essentials: Episode Five

The Essentials

Sally Rigney is a grain and cattle farmer in South West Queensland.

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t necessarily affected Sally, as she is safe and isolated out on her farm. It has, however impacted her in other ways. The mental health concerns of farmers is always a prevalent issue in Australia, along with male mental health. As pubs have been closed due to the pandemic, the meeting place for Sally’s husband and other farmers have been closed, leaving them without anywhere to go to speak with each other and debrief. Because of this the community joined the Blue Tree Project, a mental health awareness project promoting sparking conversations and encouraging people to speak up when battling mental health concerns.

Sally also speaks to us about living on the farm and how the drought has affected their farm.

The Essentials airs at 2.30pm Monday to Friday, only on 2NRS.