M. bovis affected farmers need mental health support

Section
Canterbury Mornings,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 3:29p.m.

Rural Women New Zealand says there needs to be wrap around welfare support for farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis eradication.

Around 150-thousand cows will have to be culled over the next few years as the Government tries to get rid of the disease.

President Fiona Gower says it's important that rural communities, including children on those farms, feel connected and supported.

She says without this, high levels of stress can lead to a breakdown in our rural social fabric.

Gower says the last thing we need is kids being bullied, a rise in domestic violence, or even suicide due to the high levels of stress.

For those looking for support The Rural Support Trust can be contacted on 0800 787 254.

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