Holding on to Hope - Brendan's Story
Everyone knows that rural depression is an issue. But few have considered the issues that cause it.
Farmer Brendan Cullen reached such a dark place he regularly sat in his car shouting at himself or on his bed sobbing.
Today, it’s hard to believe the cheerful sheep station manager from Broken Hill found himself in such pain until he lists the many factors that caused it - isolation, being on duty 24/7, feeling reluctant to ask for help during drought, dealing with so much animal death he felt numb, constant pressure of new technology, being responsible for “the heartbeats of 10,000 sheep”, and burdening himself with unnecessary pressures.
Here he gifts us with his experience and the strategies he keeps in his 'tool kit' to keep mentally healthy.