Australian cricketing legend Brad Hogg will be attending the Eyre Peninsula Field Days in Cleve next week, to share important messages about the importance of mental health.
The Lifeline WA ambassador will be speaking at 12.30pm on Tuesday, August 9, in the Grain Producers SA tent at the Field Days, as part of Grain Producers Australia's new national mental health awareness initiative.
GPA's partnership with Rural Aid, Lifeline and Nufarm allows Mr Hogg to share his personal story and messages about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention at events throughout Australia, as the inaugural ambassador of the Farmer Mates Mental Health initiative.
Mr Hogg, who grew up on a farm in WA, said the initiative was "all about starting conversations that will make a positive change and help save lives".
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"Growing up in a farming community and having many friends and family still involved in agriculture, I'm proud to be working with GPA on this initiative, to share these important messages," he said.
"This is a great way to help others recognise the signs they need to look out for with friends or family who might be struggling, and encourage them to reach out for help when needed.
"We want people to know that they're never alone, and that help is always a phone call away if they need it."
Rural Aid counsellor Jeffrey Grace-Jones will also be in attendance to chat with and answer any questions, including to explain what counselling is about and how mental health support can help provide support for farmers and their families.
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