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Zoetis and Beyond Blue support women in rural communities

With one third of Australian women living in rural and regional areas, women play a crucial role in the growth and future of regional economies and communities.1

Unfortunately, women experience some mental health conditions at higher rates than men. Women are often juggling the demands of trying to be a perfect worker, parent, partner and friend, which can be nothing short of exhausting. And when women feel they have fallen short of these standards, they can be quick to self-criticise.

Now in its sixth year, leading animal health company Zoetis will continue to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia through its crucial partnership with Beyond Blue, committing to raise up to $100,000 for the Beyond Blue Support Service in 2021.

Zoetis, who works closely with rural Australia through interactions with the country’s farming community, agricultural stores, veterinarians and their families, has helped raise $500,000 in the past five years by donating $5 from each sale of the company’s livestock, pig and poultry vaccines and drenches. The money raised goes directly to the Beyond Blue Support Service to continue helping people living in remote areas who experience higher rates of mental health conditions and suicide. To date, thanks to Zoetis’s donation, over 8,000 people have been able to get the support they need through the service.

Zoetis Senior vice president and cluster lead, Australia and New Zealand, Lance Williams said Zoetis is proud to once again be supporting Beyond Blue and the important work they do.

“We knew that supporting mental health in rural Australia was critical when we first embarked on this support campaign, but we didn’t know then just how important the partnership would be.”

“Together we have made strong progress in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of rural families and individuals, and we are passionate about helping again this year.”

In addition to everyday demands, major life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood and menopause can create physical and emotional stresses for women. Negative life experiences such as infertility and perinatal loss, poverty, discrimination, violence, unemployment and isolation also impact on women’s mental health and wellbeing. In addition, unequal economic and social conditions can contribute to women’s higher risk of depression.

Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said the Beyond Blue Support Service continued to experience increased demand since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year has brought its challenges and people have got in touch with us for many reasons. They might be feeling worried, lonely, concerned about their health or the health of friends and loved ones, finances or job security,” Ms Harman said.

“Whatever the reason, Beyond Blue wants people to know that no problem is too big or small to reach out. Sometimes, just talking to someone can make a difference.

“Tn ohrough this partnership, Beyond Blue can support many people in rural areas and we are very grateful for the ongoing support from Zoetis.”

The Beyond Blue Support Service offers free and immediate counselling, advice and referrals via phone, webchat or email. In addition to the support service, the Beyond Blue website has resources and information including online forums which offer peer support in a safe, moderated setting.

People can support the Zoetis initiative from July 15 to October 31 2021. For every animal health product sold by Zoetis, they will donate $5, up to $100,000, to Beyond Blue.

More information on how you can help Zoetis to raise vital funds to support mental health in our rural communities through its partnership with Beyond Blue can be found on their website.

To talk to a mental health professional for free, contact the 24/7 Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 46 36. Free web chat is also available from 3:00 pm until midnight, and you can join the forums for free and download the BeyondNow app from the website.

The free Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is available 24/7. Its dedicated phone line, staffed by mental health professionals trained on the pandemic response, is available on 1800 512 348.

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Article written by Zoetis for Seasons magazine. 

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[1] https://womensworkforceparticipation.pmc.gov.au/rural-and-regional-women.html