'On The Couch with Rural Aid Counsellors' webinar for farming families

Rural Aid has a series of webinars on counselling and mental health for primary producers and rural communities. Photo: Shutterstock
Rural Aid has a series of webinars on counselling and mental health for primary producers and rural communities. Photo: Shutterstock

'On The Couch with Rural Aid Counsellors' is a webinar series tackling key topics and themes related to rural communities, farmer welfare and life on the land.

This Wednesday August 19, Hunter Valley based counsellor Gary Bentley will host a session at 6pm AEST on anxiety. The theme of the session is The agony of anxiety; how to cope with the heebie jeebies.

Gary will discuss the meaning of anxiety, the causes, signs, and symptoms before relaying information on management, treatment, acceptance and survival.

This session is for primary producers, country families and rural counsellors, Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said.

"With the sheer volume of factors influencing a farmer day in day out, anxiety is not uncommon in agricultural industries and rural communities, yet little is understood about it by those populations," Mr Warlters said.

"Gary's session will be a two-way conversation, where attendees can privately direct questions to our highly skilled and qualified rural counsellors."

Darling Downs based counsellor Jane McCollum will host a session at 6pm on September 16 on "fixing fences" about setting personal boundaries.

On October 14,, Central West based counsellor Zoe Cox will host a session at 6pm on partnerships and conflict in times of stress.

"Stressful circumstances on the land can have an impact on marriages and relationships. In this session, Zoe will provide some useful tactics for language, communication, improving connection and unity," Mr Warlters said.

Mr Warlters said primary producers, farming families and rural counsellors are encouraged to register for the 60 minute live sessions at www.ruralaid.org.au/counselling/.