US farmer sends message of hope in annual corn maze

John Govin said he hoped the message would make a difference in someone's life.
John Govin said he hoped the message would make a difference in someone's life. Photo credit: Govins/Facebook

A US farmer has used his annual corn maze to send a message he hopes will help save lives.

Picking a theme for their corn maze is an annual tradition for Govin's Meats and Berries in Wisconsin, and this year, the company chose to boost awareness of mental health.

The 40,000 square metre maze crop has the message "your life matters, talk about suicide", along with a suicide prevention hotline number.

Owner John Govin said on Facebook that he had the idea after a family member took their own life in January.

"We came up with the idea on the way to a funeral of a family member who died from taking their own life," he said.

"Suicide was something we, unfortunately, had to face and learn about."

"We hope to make a difference in someone's life and help them understand that they matter!"

The giant message took four men around five hours to make.

Where to find help and support:

 

Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737

Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland

Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat

Samaritans - 0800 726 666

Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757

Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

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