Helping farmers thrive in adversity
A mental health program assisting regional farming families to manage stress and build resilience against the “uncertain burn” of drought has launched in the state’s Mid North.
Rural clinical psychologist Stephanie Schmidt launched the ACTFORAG pilot program recently to support drought-affected farmers and their families to develop psychological skills that promote wellbeing.
The three-week program held over Zoom is based on Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT), a behaviour training focused on building skills in mindfulness – or living in the present – and letting go of chatter inside the mind.
Shmidt says ACT can teach participants to effectively deal with uncomfortable or negative thoughts or feelings, and live according to their values.