Doug's Story

By opening up to help from others, Doug found a new solution to save his farm after eight years of drought. By finding hope again he got through his depression.

We had eight years of drought

We’re in the driest place in New Zealand, basically. No matter what I did on the farm it was unsuccessful and I had no idea how I could help.


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Doug
Doug

I dived into the dark pit.

I didn’t know that I suffered from depression; I just knew that I had gone from being a person who was popular and happy to a person who was angry and bitter.


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Hope, I could see that there was an opportunity to do something

I guess it came down to I finally accepted that I needed to change. I sought people who came and helped us right across the spectrum of my life really. Primarily in farming - that was the bit that had been too tough for me to take.


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Doug

I keep myself involved in a lot of different activities off the farm

It became a hugely important thing in my life to have other things that are not agricultural based, so I engage in all sorts of different things. I keep myself fit, reasonably fit. I bought a bike and ride everyday. 


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I’m now really a collaborator, you’ll never find me working independently again

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