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Abbey is advocating for mental health awareness

SPEAKING OUT: Abbey Godwin-Smith talks about improving mental health support for farmers at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.  Photo Contributed Right Chris Ison

SPEAKING OUT: Abbey Godwin-Smith talks about improving mental health support for farmers at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
Photo Contributed Right Chris Ison

AFTER the devastating 2011 floods, Abbey Godwin-Smith watched her father return to his Rolleston property to find fences down, cattle missing and his livelihood destroyed. Her father wasn’t alone then and is now one of the many Central Queensland farmers struggling through the drought. Watching the impact natural disasters have had on her family and others around Rolleston has motivated Abbey to advocate for change. Abbey raised the issue at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, where she spoke about creating a new approach to mental health support for farmers…

 

History of disasters

When George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it” in his book, ‘The Life of Reasons’, he perhaps did not have natural hazards in his mind. But if we want to be prepared for an reoccurring geo-environmental hazard, the simplest solution would be to study historical records on disasters and learn ‘something’ from the past. One can actually do away with consulting bulky reports in Nepal, which are at best left in the dark corners of the libraries of I/NGOs and government offices to collect dust and never put into action…

 

Cities With the Most Dangerous Natural Disasters

More than 35 million U.S. single-family homes and condos, the equivalent of $6.6 trillion in residential property, are at high risk of damage from natural disasters. Those homes account for 43% of the total single-family residential property in the United States…

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