Why are the local police commenting on this? Unfortunately, hard times on the farm can lead to friction within families and in extreme cases, depression leading to self-harm, two areas where we do get involved.
Signs someone is struggling include excessive drinking, becoming withdrawn or angry outbursts over small things. Look for these things in your neighbours and friends but importantly, look for them in yourself.
I ask everyone to maintain our already strong community and keep check on their neighbours who may be struggling. It may be as simple as a quick chat at the fence line or a chinwag at the bar of the pub. Don’t be afraid to ask how they are going as even a small feeling that someone is interested in how you are travelling can make a huge difference.
Your Dumbleyung police are more than happy to come out and have a chat and offer support options. If you are concerned about someone else, we can be confidentially contacted.
There are several services available which include;
- Mens Help Australia: 1300 789 978
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- Dumbleyung Hospital: 9863 4022
- Dumbleyung Police: 9863 4143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish you every success and good fortune this season.
Article supplied by Sergeant A.Van Den Berg