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Rural Aid announces the October theme for its primary producer webinars

Central West New South Wales counsellor Zoe Cox will host the October Rural Aid primary producer webinar. Photo supplied
Central West New South Wales counsellor Zoe Cox will host the October Rural Aid primary producer webinar. Photo supplied

Rural Aid has announced the October theme for its regular primary producer webinar, where skilled counsellors present on timely topics affecting farmers and rural communities.

This upcoming webinar is being held during Mental Health Month in NSW where the focus in 2020 is "Strengthening Our Community".

Rural Aid says its webinars are about strengthening rural communities too, through improving access to resources for farmers. 'On The Couch with Rural Aid Counsellors' is a webinar series tackling key topics and themes related to farmer welfare and life on the land.

Central West New South Wales counsellor Zoe Cox will host a session at 6pm on Wednesday, October 14 on the topic of strengthening relationships and navigating conflict in stressful times.

Chief Executive Officer of Rural Aid John Warlters said the topic of creating stronger relationships in times of stress is particularly pertinent to farming families.

"Australian farmers contend with many well known forces; weather, economy, water shortages, isolation, succession planning; and these stressors can cause or exacerbate problems in relationships whether that's with parents, partners or extended family," Mr Warlters said.

"In next week's webinar, our skilled rural counsellor will share her expertise on the impact of stressful circumstances on marital relationships, as well as the important activity of defining and discussing emotional needs. Zoe will give advice on communication skills to minimise conflict and increase connection."

Mr Warlters said primary producers, farming families and rural counsellors are encouraged to register for the 60 minute live sessions at www.ruralaid.org.au/counselling/

About Rural Aid

Rural Aid is one of Australia's largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful 'Buy a Bale' campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities.