The Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme can be disruptive and stressful for farmers, families and farm staff. We work closely with each farmer to help them through the process and get them back to farming as usual.
Every farm and farming family is different, so we aim to provide a range of support that suits each impacted farmer’s individual needs.
A range of support available is available to you:
The industry groups below are will to help provide support through M.bovis and farm recovery:
Stress is a normal response to a situation like this, but you don't need to go through M. bovis alone.
It’s important to get a support team around you. Family, friends and trusted advisers will be able to help you. Sometimes it‘s helpful to seek support, assistance and expertise from someone objective, who is not involved in the process.
Chat with a local, rural person who can point you in the right direction to get through your current challenges. Support is free and confidential.
Is a free, confidential service you can call or text anytime on 1737, to talk to a trained counsellor. You can make a one-off anonymous call or if you think it might be useful to call back another time, then request a case number so they can try to connect you with the same person to save you explaining your situation again.
If you do find your stress levels are beginning to impact on day-to-day quality of life, for example, you’re not sleeping, drinking more alcohol, finding it hard to make decisions or family relationships are affected, then talk with your GP or a trusted health professional. They can help you work on improving your coping strategies and keeping yourself well.
As well as talking with friends and advisers here are other support you can to use:
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