Author(s): Ben Brooksby
Ben Brooksby is a fifth-generation farmer from St Helens Plains in Western Victoria. When he was younger, he struggled with anxiety and other mental health issues, as so many others in rural communities do. A simple social media post helped him to turn things around. After he shared a photo to Instagram showing himself naked in a truck full of lentils, he received a huge response, with other farmers wanting to share their own photos - and their stories. As the Naked Farmer movement grew, Ben met people from all around the country who wanted to get naked for mental health. As they got their kits off, they also opened up about their struggles. Proceeds will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Mental Health Unit.