Farmer Breakfast: Are You Bogged Mate?
Hey farmers! When was the last time you caught up with some of your mates over a hot meal and a cup of coffee?
GLENRAC welcomes all members of the community to a Farmer Breakfast at the Glen Innes Saleyards on Thursday morning, the 11th of April 2019. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends you may not have seen in a while or get to know other locals from around the area.
The key note speaker, Mary O’Brien, will be an exciting and interesting addition to the breakfast. Mary is a passionate advocate for agriculture in Australia, working as a private consultant that specialises in spray
application and drift management workshops.
In 2018, an article penned by Mary, ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’, gained international acclaim after going viral across social media platforms. The post, which explored the mental health challenges experienced by rural men through the analogy of bogged farming equipment, struck a chord with the public, particularly the Australian farming community. Numerous images of machinery stuck in dams or teetering on the edge of ditches accompanied by the #areyouboggedmate soon spread across Facebook and Instagram in response.
The effectiveness of Mary’s words launched ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’ as a non-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of rural men’s mental health and is endorsed by ambassadors such as Olympic gold medalist, Duncan Armstrong. The article also put Mary on the map as a person at the heart of changing the landscape of how we approach the wellbeing of farming men in Australia.
“We’ve all got mental health, let’s just get that out there. We’ve all got it. It’s how we manage it that counts,” says Mary. “I wrote the article because I was frustrated at the approach being used to address rural men’s mental health. I used the analogy of getting bogged – when you do get machinery really badly bogged you need some help to get it out. It’s a fresh approach and a fresh way of communicating with rural men, more in their language rather than academic or psychologist speak.”
This free event is just one of the projects facilitated by GLENRAC as part of the drought support funding received through the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme (DCP). The funding is to be utilised by GLENRAC to engage the community in a number of events that address areas of concern during times of drought
Farmer Breakfast. Thursday, 11th April, 2019 from 7:00am. Glen Innes Saleyards Canteen, 36 Lang St.
Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm April 9th 2019 by phone: 02 6732 3443 or text: 0427 325 901