The Andrew’s government has announced a $1.5 million assistance package that consists of counselling and support services for Gippsland dairy farmers affected by the global fall of milk prices.
Member for Eastern Victorian region, Harriet Shing, said the devastating milk price drop and Murray Goulburn’s decision to cut prices paid to producers has created a huge amount of stress and uncertainty for dairy farmers and their families.
“Gippsland’s dairy farmers are doing it really tough, the milk price drop in the industry has created huge levels of stress and uncertainty for farmers, their families and their communities”, Ms Shing said.
“Maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is particularly important in such difficult times and the right mental health support can make a world of difference.”
From the Andrew Government’s $1.5 million package, $800,000 has been allocated to support the health and wellbeing of farmers.
Support programs will also be developed in consultation with farmers.
There will also be an expansion of phone based support to extend capacity; provision for up to 30 additional mental health first aid sessions in priority locations, expansion of the ‘Look over the Farm Gate’ program and funding coordination in up to 23 local government areas to drive easy access to support and develop area specific information and advice.
For further information about the Andrew Government’s support package for farmers visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/dairy/support-for-dairy-farmers or call 136 186.
Gippsland dairy farmers doing it tough can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14.