Isolation, climate factors, succession planning; as well as lack of services, employment opportunities and recreational activities are just some of the issues which can have huge psychological impacts on young people living in rural communities, especially young farmers.

However, there are steps that individuals and their families can take to lessen the mental health impact felt by such issues.

Our expert panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:

• how to address some of the issues that young people living in rural communities face
• how to recognise the signs a young person may be struggling with depresssion or other common mental illnesses
• strategies to support young people and help them cope with difficult issues
• where to go for help and information
•how to recognise if a young person's reaction to an adversity is normal, or something to be worried about
•understanding why some young people don't seek help, and what can be done about it.

The panel includes

  • Sophie Potter is an Online Community Manager from ReachOut.com
    • Josh Gilbert is the 2014 Chair of the NSW Young Farmers Council
    • Dr Michael Ferres is a general practitioner working the area of youth mental health. He has completed training in psychotherapy counselling
    • Representative from Headspace.

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