GoodYarn is one of a number of initiatives DairyNZ is involved with to address stress and promote wellness and wellbeing on the country’s dairy farms.
More than 30 workshops have been run since DairyNZ introduced GoodYarn in February.
But realising that DairyNZ hasn’t got the resources to reach everyone on its own, together with Wellsouth Primary Health Network, it has created a licensing programme which allows others to deliver workshops.
The workshops emphasise four main elements; 1/ensuring participants know what they need in order to be resilient and strong; 2/ removing the stigma of mental illness; 3/ recognising the signs when someone is stressed – how do you know, how do you approach them about it; 4/ learning how to refer them on if they need greater help than you can give.
The workshops, aimed at farmers and rural professionals, take four hours, including lunch.
DairyNZ wellness and wellbeing programme leader Dana Carver says the great value of the GoodYarn workshops is that they have robust clinical backing and are specifically tailored around agriculture. Participants learn and then practice scenarios based on farming situations.
“We couldn’t possibly get around everyone so we’re encouraging others to lead the workshops,” says Dana.
Getting a licence is inexpensive and DairyNZ will help to train people.
A number of organisations have taken up the option including three rural support trusts, and LIC and CRV who participated in a joint training session.
“We are in discussions with Fonterra about buying a licence as well as some of the major banks.”
It takes two days to train to lead workshops and DairyNZ can help organisations find the right person in an organisation. It can also help with costs.
“Our goal is to get all the big organisations to train their people and every support trust to train in their community,” says Dana.
For information on getting involved with GoodYarns click here.
The work is funded through the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnership.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy May 2016