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farmers helping farmers beat suicide.

The Ripple Effect is funded by beyondblue through donations from the Movember Foundation.

About The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect is about farmers helping farmers. We know through our own experience, that no one tells a story about the ups and downs of life on the land better than farmers themselves. We also know that people in farming communities are renowned for helping each other—that’s what keeps small communities alive. The Ripple Effect combines the strength of storytelling with rural people’s natural enthusiasm for supporting each other.

The Ripple Effect is a platform for people from the farming community to tell the story of their experience of suicide—whether someone they know has taken their own life, whether they have thought about or attempted to take their own life, whether they have cared for someone who has attempted to take their own life or whether they have been touched by suicide in some other way. By sharing a story of what has helped you, you can help others learn and take action to make positive changes for their health and wellbeing. We know that this kind of communication helps protect people’s wellbeing. Participation is anonymous, personalised and with people who understand what life in a rural farming community is really like.

The Ripple Effect digital intervention website is still under development, and will launch in mid 2016. To contribute to the content of the website, write your anonymous message on a Ripple Effect postcard.

Do your bit to turn the negative ripple of suicide into a positive ripple of support.

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Get involved!

Would you like to be a part of turning the negative ripple of suicide into a positive ripple of support?

Contact Us

Should you have any questions about taking part in this study, please contact Alison Kennedy on (03) 5551 8587 or email alison.kennedy@wdhs.net

Are you (or someone you know) in need of crisis support?

In Australia—Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Mensline Australia on 1300 78 99 78 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Outside of Australia—Find a helpline in your country by visiting http://www.befrienders.org