Esperance resident to host auction in support of farmer and veteran mental health

Zoe Hayes, in partnership with Auction Plus, will host the Dust Off Depression auction in June 2019. Photo: Supplied.
Zoe Hayes, in partnership with Auction Plus, will host the Dust Off Depression auction in June 2019. Photo: Supplied.

An Esperance resident has overcome tragedy to spearhead efforts to support mental health among farmers and veterans. 

Zoe Hayes became a mental health advocate after losing her mother to suicide in 2012 and suffering a breakdown in 2016.

Ms Hayes then travelled Australia, working in regional areas around the country, before returning to Esperance with her partner to have a baby. 

She will host a nationwide online auction, Dust Off Depression, from June 15 to 17, 2019 and is now looking for businesses to support the cause.

Auctions Plus have donated their website for the auction, which will raise funds for the Coo-Wee Ride.

The Coo-Wee Ride raises money and awareness of suicide rates and PTSD among veterans and farmers.

Ms Hayes said mental health issues among farmers was common and needed more attention. 

“If you’re farming you are dependent on the weather, whether you're crops will grow and whether you will be able to feed your cattle,” he said. 

“When you have natural disasters like floods or droughts, it’s something completely out of our control.

“[Farmers] are the ones keeping our economy going, and yet they are often forgotten about.”

Ms Hayes said items being auctioned included radios, clothes, caps, magazine subscriptions, artwork and more.

“Donations can be as little or as large as the business can contribute,” she said.

Businesses wishing to contribute can contact email Ms Hayes at zoehayes@hotmail.com or can message her Facebook Page

Ms Hayes will photograph and write about items for sale write.

She will also write a summary of the business which will be published on her social media sites. 

Ms Hayes said vouchers and gift certificates were accepted, but those wishing to make a monetary donation should do so directly to the Coo-Wee Ride.

To view what has already been donated for auction click here

If you or someone you know needs urgent support please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.