Gumboots and Mental Health- Do Your Bit!

Gumboots and Mental Health- Do Your Bit!

Gumboots and Mental Health- Do Your Bit!

This Friday the 3rd of April 2020 marks the second annual Gumboot Friday in New Zealand. A day raising awareness and support around one of the most pressing issues in our country that affects thousands every day- kid's mental health. 

"Having depression is like walking through the mud every day," Founder Mike King says. He and I AM HOPE are asking you to show your support, put your gumboots on, give a gold coin, and take a walk in their shoes for just one day.​ 

It's a fun way for us kiwis to join in the mental health conversation while raising money to provide FREE and timely counselling for any young person in need. It would be awesome to see a community come together by wearing some gummies out for their daily walk while still abiding by the 2-meter distance. 

undefined Founder, I AM HOPE- Mike King

 

The Gumboot Friday initiative aims to raise five million dollars for free counselling. Last year Gumboot Friday raised 1.3 million to provide 10,670 critical counselling sessions to more than 2,500 New Zealanders. New Zealand's latest suicide statistics released by the Chief Coroner in August last year showed another annual increase. In the year to June 30, 685 people took their own lives - 17 more than the previous year. Mike King added, “now more than ever, we need kiwis to reach out to friends and whānau. We encourage everyone to ask those you’re closest to if they’re ok."

The nationwide Tractor Trek, which is now unfortunately CANCELLED due to Covid-19, "is about raising awareness and encouraging communities and individuals to drive the attitudinal and social change that is needed to reverse the incidence of anxiety, suicide and depression... we are focused primarily on our rural communities who face high rates of poor mental health and suicide,” says King.

Katie Milne, President and health spokesperson of Federated Farmers NZ says our rural communities face physical and mental isolation, economic instability and limited access to health services. All factors which contribute to poor mental health. “Too many rural folk are so busy looking after their families, their animals, their friends and workmates that they put themselves at the bottom of the list, and fail to reach out for help. Mike King is a champion for getting stuff out in the open and talking about depression and suicide. Good on him. Federated Farmers wishes every success to Mike King... and urges farming families to get in behind the initiative.”

 

So let's get behind this awesome cause and rally together from home by chucking on some gumboots and raising money to save lives! Find out more at the I AM HOPE website:

https://www.iamhope.org.nz/gumbootfriday

 

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