E09 | Are you bogged mate? With Mary O'Brien
Founder and CEO
Are You Bogged Mate?
We all get bogged sometimes, it's nothing to be ashamed of and getting a hand up when you need it can go a long way.
Are you bogged mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.
Depression in the bush is a lot like getting bogged in the mud. It might have been just a sticky patch of the road or paddock where the vehicle stopped moving, maybe you needed low range or to winch yourself out. But what happens when you get properly bogged?
Founder, Mary O'Brien was raised on the land and after spending her whole life working in rural and remote Australia, she knows country blokes. She’s worked with them, for them and beside them and mostly importantly she knows how to talk to them.
Country blokes are facing challenges like never before but it doesn’t mean you need to get stuck in the mud. There are plenty places to go to get a tow and it takes guts to admit you’re bogged. Mary's on a mission to make sure you and your mates are connected with the right hands to pull you out.
It all started with an article – ‘Are you bogged mate?’ – which spread far and wide gaining international attention. This topic struck a chord and highlighted that while there are services available for suicide prevention, there is a disconnect in the way depression is being communicated to country men. We want to fix this disconnect.
Are you bogged mate? aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas. We are confronting the challenges that country men face on a daily basis, talking about mental health, and lighting the path to support.
TIACS (This Is A Conversation Starter)
Connecting tradies, truckies, blue collar workers, and those who care about them with mental health professionals.
For free counselling support, call or text:
0488 846 988 Mon-Fri 8am-10pm AEST
Rural Aid offers free, confidential counselling to Rural Aid registered farmers, their families and farm workers.
1300 17 55 94
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14
After Hours Chat- https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat/
Don’t feel like talking to someone on the phone? You can send text messages to Virtual Psychologist
0488 807 266
Australia is the first of its kind, providing a link between you and a wide range of potential short-term caretakers for your property. Take some time out for yourself and your family. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy doing the things that make you happy.
+61 (7) 4669 6686
Australian Men’s Shed Association
Find some mates near you with Australian Men's Shed Association.
1300 550 009
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