The Hilltops Naked farmer calendars have been created to help raise awareness of mental health and suicide rates in rural areas. The idea was created when we saw ‘The Naked Farmer’ and contacted Ben Brooksby (the creator) to see if he would allow us to do a calendar in our local area, he strongly encouraged us to help spread the word about talking about mental health.
Our aim is to try and encourage farmers and people living in rural areas that talking about mental health issues and seeking help is imperative as scary as it may seem at the time. If we can all strip down and show all our flaws you can do the same in talking about what is troubling you. With suicide rates in rural areas 40% higher than metropolitan areas and 2/3 of the farmer suicides being in those over the age of 55yr usually due to financial stresses and drought, we thought now was as good a time as any to get people talking.
All proceeds made from the calendars are going towards the new local community initiative of purchasing and setting up a mental health safe house for men and youth in our area.
We hope you all enjoy the calendars and encourage each other to have a chat about mental health.
If you’re feeling like you need to talk to someone please call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14
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On behalf of The Hilltops Naked Farmer, Chris and Ellie would like to thank everyone that helped us to create this calendar for the second time. Chontelle Perrin, your incredible talent with the camera has created another group of perfect photos. We are truly grateful once again for your patience and commitment to this cause. Rod DeBritt and Nicole Grills, both of you have been there for us the entire way through, helping organise photos and putting the calendar together. We are so appreciative of the effort you have made. To our families who have helped along the way, thank you for your continued support.
To our brave participants, without you wanting to make a difference this calendar would not have been possible, so thank you.
To our amazing sponsors a massive thank you, your generosity is greatly appreciated!
To Nathan Webb, who has once again donated his time and skills in creating these calendars. We cannot thank you enough, you’ve done an incredible job of making them look amazing and we are truly grateful.
Our two gorgeous nieces who asked to be involved this year, you guys did a beautiful job of being the front cover models! We love you Girls!!
Last, but certainly not least, to Ben Brooksby who created The Naked Farmer to help raise awareness of depression and suicide in rural Australia. His work is touching millions of lives.