Rural Change is a funded private well-being program for New Zealand farmers operated by the Will To Live Charitable Trust.
Each applicant will have the opportunity to enhance and improve their health, happiness and well-being by accessing one funded private counselling/psychologist session and a personalised health professional guide tailored to your individual needs and health goals..
Generally going private will mean shorter wait times and more experienced professionals that are dedicated to restoring your health long-term.
To access the fund, you can be on any part of the mental health spectrum.
You do not need to have life-threatening symptoms before you can use this fund.
We encourage everyone that would like to up-skill and improve their health and well-being to make use of the Rural Change funding that is available to them.
HOW DO I ACCESS RURAL CHANGE FUNDING?
This program is for all New Zealand food and fibre producers, including those who have equally an important role in primary industry.
1. Livestock Farmers
2. Cropping Farmers
3. Rural Mums & Partners
5. Rural based Vets
6. Rural Professionals
With the information you provide us, we will be in contact with a list of available psychologists and counsellors in your region with short wait times.
Due to current demand for mental health professionals we can not guarantee certain wait times.
In some cases, there can be an expected wait time of up to 3 weeks for the first appointment.
However we got you covered with resources, apps, and support while you wait.
You will choose and book yourself an appointment with a health professional you like the sound of, you are more than welcome to change counsellors at any point of time.
CHOOSING YOUR COUNSELLOR
Everyone's needs and preferences are different and we want the best possible outcome for you, so here’s a few tips on how to choose a counsellor:
Research - if they have one, visit their website and see if their background sounds appealing to you
Think about whether you generally feel more comfortable speaking with someone from the same or a similar gender background to you.
Think about whether you want someone who understands your spiritual or cultural background
Shop around. You and the counsellor/s you interact with are only human and naturally not everyone will have perfect chemistry. If you don't feel comfortable with the counsellor you use, you don't have to keep going to them.
Find someone that suits you and that you want on your team.
Remember, you want to pick someone you think you'll be comfortable talking about pretty much anything with and who will work with you in a style that works best for you. When it comes to your emotional well-being, you're allowed to be fussy.
Already have a great counsellor?
Fantastic, you may still be eligible for the Rural Change funding.
Ask your counsellor to contact us: email@example.com