Big blue farmer fights depression

"We don't talk about this enough." How a big blue farmer in Tasmania is helping address issues of depression and suicide in the farming community

Posted by ABC Rural on Monday, January 21, 2019

What a farmer creates with blue baling twine will blow you away

· January 25, 2019

What is the one necessity in every farmer’s truck — baling twine. You don’t know when it got there, but it has been there for you in so many situations. Ranchers have more twine than they know what to do with. Keith, a farmer from Australia, started to save the twine to figure out a cause for it later. Before he had time to think of an use, his wife and sister had a purpose for the twine — knitting.

His wife has seen depression and suicide among farmers for many generations in the family. She wanted to knit with the twine to create a big blue farmer looking out over the land has a reminder to neighbors, “We all need to look out for each other.” 

She says, “We don’t talk about this enough.” Depression and suicide is the highest it has ever been in farmers, nationwide. She hopes knitting with others brings up opportunities to be there for one another and to just listen. 

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