Hamish's Story

When Hamish learnt to shut off other people’s expectations about the farm and think of other things his wellbeing returned. He had been pushing himself to work round the clock and experienced anxiety.

I was 24/7 on the farm and I gave up everything else

I didn’t shut it off. I’d go home at night, sit in front of the computer, do accounts, do records, read your mail and it's all part of the business. I felt like I was always having to prove myself.

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I shut myself out from family

I just used to make myself busy down on the farm - I used to go out and do 22 hours a day ‘cause I didn’t want to be around people, I didn’t want to be around family. I just went out and I found jobs to do, which made the illness worse.

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My wife made the first step for me

My wife picked up on it and she actually made the call to the doctor for me. From there I spoke to a counsellor - he was a really good guy, knew exactly where I was coming from, had been through it all.

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Part of our goal was to help other people

Whether it be teaching or something like that and it has really worked out quite well. I got heavily involved in a couple of organisations. I got away from the farm, and that made me shut the farm off a bit and think about other things.

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