Episode 2 – The lack of community is killing rural wellbeing

In the second episode of our new podcast, Country-Wide Editor Rebecca Greave discusses what's being done to combat the decline rural mental health and safety, unpacking the research with rural counsellor Kathryn Wright.

In Podcasts2 Minutes

Due to popular demand, we present The Country-Wide Podcast series!

Every week, we’ll be interviewing experts, inspiring characters and change-makers to bring you the latest news and trends from the farming industry.

EP 2 – The decline in rural wellbeing and what's being done to help

Guests include:

  1. Krissy Mac, Hear 4 U
  2. Lindy Nelson, Safer Farms
  3. Kathryn Wright, Rural Counsellor & Phd candidate for the impacts of afforestation on rural mental health


  1. Rebecca Greaves, Editor, Country-Wide
  2. Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media


The strength of the thread of any rural community is built over time and through connection, however due to many land-use changes it has seen rural wellbeing in New Zealand lose a sense of community and ultimately degraded wellbeing.

Editor of Country-Wide, Rebecca Greaves, discusses the research, industry collaboration and tools that are being developed to help combat this decline in rural mental health and safety with initiatives such as Farm Without Harm and Hear 4 U as well as unpacking the Phd research, rural counsellor Kathryn Wright is doing in this space.

Key Chapters of Interest

10:31 – The Importance of Community Connection

21:18 – Farming Without Harm: Safer Farms’ Mission

37:19 – The Impact of Plantation Forestry on Rural Communities