Rural mental health service hoping 'farm speak' will save men

Mothers, wives and sisters have overwhelmed a suicide prevention service with stories of loss and grief after it featured on ABC Landline.

Are You Bogged Mate? is targeted at rural men, a group nearly twice as likely to die by suicide as their urban counterparts.

The founder, plant scientist Mary O'Brien, said women left behind after a son, brother, or husband took their own lives, also needed support but often slipped through the cracks.

Key points:
  • A suicide prevention service for men is inundated by women hoping to save their loved ones
  • SMS based psychology service put on additional staff to cope with influx after ABC Landline segment aired
  • There has been a huge response to Landline stories
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