Mental health and counselling support for Victorian dairy farmers has been extended for another year, as financial pressures and problems within the dairy sector continue.
A $1.5 million mental health support package was announced last year following the global fall in milk prices and decisions by some processors to cut prices paid to their suppliers.
Mental health first aid training, counselling, community grants and services such as the VFF’s Look Over The Farm Gate and the National Centre for Farmer Health are all funded under the package.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the extension will come as welcome news for dairy families who have been “doing it tough”.
“While the season ahead looks more promising, many of our farmers are still feeling financial pressures.
“This is why the Labor Government will continue to give our dairy families the support they need,” she said.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said “Our dairy farmers contribute so much to our plates and our economy, but they and their communities are still doing it tough.
“It’s crucial that we support them in every way we can until prices increase and milk cheques can meet the cost of working in this industry.”
If you or someone you know needs help or advice call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636.