National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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15 January 2018

A new mental health campaign is being launched in February (12-16) by the Farm Safety Foundation to raise awareness of depression in the farming community. 

Whilst the UK’s farmers are renowned for the attention they give to their livestock, crops and machinery, The Farm Safety Foundation says unfortunately farmers do not have such a good track record when it comes to taking care of themselves and their own wellbeing.

Levels of depression are thought to be increasing and suicide rates in farmers are among the highest in any occupational group (ONS). The situation is compounded by the fact that farming tends to be an innately conservative culture and there is often stigma and taboo attached to mental health. This can hinder people’s willingness to speak about the issue and to seek help.

Many in the industry have highlighted the impact of mental health and wellbeing on farm safety. The Mind Your Head campaign aims to raise awareness and inform farmers and farming communities about the role they play in identifying and supporting those with mental health issues.

Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation said: “We hope to bring to the fore the challenges facing our famers in an industry with a poor track record of mental health and the wonderful sources of help, advice and guidance available to them.”

YFCs are encouraged to support the campaign in association with the work NFYFC does around Rural+ and raising issues of rural isolation.

You can help by highlighting the messages of Mind Your Head by running a Rural+ Curve module in your YFC.  

YFCs and individuals can also follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter and Like and Retweet their content throughout the week using the hashtag #MindYourHead


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