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Local Farmer Rallies for Mental Health

25 July 2019

Living with mental illness and having a personal experience of life on the land has motivated St Albans Farmer, Sherri McMahon, to help local farmers weather the drought.

Armed with a Well-being Grant to Support Farming Communities received from Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), Sherri and her partner are rallying the community to connect and build resilience. The grant, given to the Trustees of the St Albans Common, is part of the Empowering Our Communities initiative introduced by the Federal Government to support communities affected by drought.

Using the grant, over the next year a variety of health services, as well as vets, solicitors, mental health services, and rural financial counsellors will be attending musters, fishing events, working bees and an annual whole of community social dinner to ensure the community is seeking and receiving support.

Mental health training will also be delivered to community advocates who will run errands such as preparing firewood and feeding cattle to support elderly or injured members of the community. Additionally, workshops will be delivered on the Commons to locals interested in learning new skills.

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