20 Jul 2015

Farmers warned to take care emotionally

7:22 am on 20 July 2015

A Marlborough sheep and beef farmer is warning farmers to take care of their emotional well-being before they make any big business decisions.

Banks have started to ask dairy farmers to refinance following the dairy price drops.

Doug Avery, who has been touring the country talking to farmers about how he overcame depression and rescued his farm from collapse, said farmers are under a lot of pressure and can easily feel isolated.

"A lot of people would rather eat a dead rat than fess up to the fact that they are struggling emotionally, and yet it's a normal thing for males or females at times in their lives to have these kind of events, and so I'm encouraging people to not only seek help, but to self diagnose."

Mr Avery says money is so intrinsically linked to farmer well-being.

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