05 August 2013
NFYFC has joined forces with The Farming Community Network (FCN) to help raise awareness of mental health issues and the support available to rural communities.
A new survey has been launched for YFC members to find out more about their attitudes to mental health as well as the issues that cause them to feel stressed and under pressure. The results of this survey will help FCN and NFYFC understand more about the type of support young people in rural communities need.
Around one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, and farmers in particular are classed as being at a high risk of experiencing problems. Financial pressures, livestock disease and poor harvests are often highlighted as particular difficulties for the agricultural community, alongside issues such as rural isolation.
NFYFC’s Vice Chairman of Council, Claire Worden, said:
“Given the current climate many of our members will be concerned about their future within the agricultural industry and could be feeling the pressure to make some big life decisions. Perhaps they are worrying about taking over the family farm and the responsibilities this entails, or concerned about the rising costs of feed, land or rural housing."
“There are so many factors that can lead to stress, and we are working with FCN to raise awareness of the support and guidance that is available and to encourage young people to seek help before the problem escalates.”
Charles Smith, FCN’s Chief Executive added:
“Over recent months, we have noticed a gradual increase in the number of calls to our helpline from younger people, so we are eager to understand more about the particular issues facing young people in the countryside, so that we are better able to support them.”
To take part in the survey visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/youthwork. By taking part in the survey you will also be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to Go Ape.
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