30 November, 2023
Mental health benefits flow to rural areas
AN animal health business has reached its goal of raising $100,000 for the Beyond Blue Support Service to support mental health initiatives and reduce stigma around mental illness in rural and regional Australia.
Zoetis started partnering with Beyond Blue in 2016, and since then, has raised $800,000 for the service by donating $5 from each sale of the company’s livestock, pig, and poultry vaccines and drenches.
Increasing interest rates, inflation, rising living costs and concerns about the future are among the primary causes of community concern for people living in regional Australia, according to a survey by Beyond Blue.
However, despite the importance of seeking help for mental health, many Australians are hesitant to do so, especially in rural areas where there is a stigma surrounding mental illness.
Money raised went directly to the Beyond Blue Support Service to continue helping people living in remote areas.
For more information about depression and anxiety, visit www.beyondblue.org.au. To talk to a mental health professional for free, contact the 24/7 Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 224 636.