This Farm Safety Awareness Week (18-24 July) Triple P - Positive Parenting Program experts are supporting farming families to not only address the physical and mental risks on the farm but to take active steps to support mental health and wellbeing to create a positive, strong farm family where everyone benefits.
Carol Markie-Dadds, Triple P International Country Director, said this year’s theme ‘Recipe for Averting Disaster’ is an opportunity to adopt early intervention strategies that are proven to help build happy, resilient, confident children and young people.
“The blurring of work and home, long, physically demanding hours, weather events, labour shortages, financial strain, social isolation, and succession planning, are all risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing mental health concerns and negatively impact family life. Many of our farming families are exposed regularly to these risks,” she said.
“Life on the land can leave parents stressed, anxious, unhappy or tired and questioning their parenting,” she said, “however the good news is there are some practical things you can do to get farm family life back under control and start enjoying your time together.”
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“Early intervention and prevention are key to making sure the entire family feels safe and supported this Farm Safety Week and beyond!” Ms Markie-Dadds said.
Delivery of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program to parents and carers of children in Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Parenting Education and Support Program. Parents and carers can access free, online parenting support 24/7 at www.triplep-parenting.net.au