The owner of Tara Station Phil Hague (in purple) having a chat with other land owners about stock management and feed options.

Wellways provides frontline services in remote regions affected by drought in New South Wales - where farming families are struggling with both drought and mental health. Maurice Hall, Suicide Prevention Support Coordinator in Lake Cargelligo, recently travelled 130km north to Tara station, where he spoke to farmers about looking after their mental health in stressful times and the services available.

Tara is operated by the Hague Family, who have been running cattle in western NSW since 1919, originally near Albury. After a barbecue lunch everyone gathered as property owners spoke about how the drought was affecting them. They also talked about how it was important to check in on neighbours every now and then, the importance of community spirit and how mateship was important in tough times.

“I was invited to present information packs on how Wellways works with individuals and groups, helping create ‘suicide safe’ communities through education, ‘life promotion’, help-seeking and anti-stigma campaigns,” Maurice said.
Depression and anxiety were mentioned by a few people and Wellways booklets were provided. All information provided was well received, Maurice said, “and after the formal chat was finished the horse racing, foot races and fireworks began with cold drinks washing the dust down”.