Your health and wellbeing

Emotional resilience is the willingness to accept that there will be good and bad times ahead, understanding reactions to these experiences, and having strategies to manage them.

Resilience is a process, not a trait of an individual or an event. It takes preparation and even practice to develop and maintain emotional resilience. Being resilient does not mean a person won't experience difficulty or stress.

It is an individual's tendency to cope with stress and adversity as a result of their processes, behaviours, thoughts and actions.


Depression is a mood disorder that is characterised by an unusually persistent sad mood that does not go away, a loss of enjoyment and interest in once pleasurable activities, a lack of energy and tiredness.

It is helpful for people to understand what depression is and what it isn't. It is not something to be ashamed of or to feel guilty about.

Farmers can be more vulnerable because of:

  • Intense periods of work
  • Lack of sleep
  • Isolation
  • Lower exercise levels
  • Services not readily available
  • Self-sufficiency and independent attitude
  • 'Just get on with it' attitude
  • The stigma around mental illness and a general reluctance to seek help.

Speak to someone

National Centre for Farmer Health

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Rural Financial Counselling Service
1800 686 175

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyondblue: 1300 224 636

Black Dog Institute

Headspace: 1800 650 890

Download the 'Building emotional resilience' fact sheet.