National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 February 2020

NFYFC is supporting this year’s Mind Your Head campaign (10-14 February) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation, which will encourage the farming community to stop and think about how they are looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.

The award-winning campaign, now in its third year, was launched to raise awareness of the growing issue of poor mental health in the agricultural sector.

Following the campaign week NFYFC will re-issue its Rural+ cards, which are supported by Tama, to all YFC members by distributing them to Council members at the meeting in Coventry on 16 February. The cards, which were first launched when NFYFC created the award-winning Rural+ campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in rural communities, are packed with useful contact information for organisations that members can call if they need help.

Rural+ has developed into a session that clubs can host during a meeting with the support of a trained YFC Trainer and a representative from the Farming Community Network (or a similar mental health organisation). The sessions raise awareness of mental health conditions and signpost where members can get support.

Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs is one of the counties that has been running the sessions throughout its County and believe the results are positive.

“WOW is all I can say regarding the Rural+ session! I feel this has really helped spread the word across our clubs here in Staffordshire,” said Gez Lowndes, Staffordshire’s Development Committee Chairwoman and also a member of Ashley YFC. “We have around 30 members out of over 100 that have received the training who have suffered with their own mental health. I am one of those who has received the training, suffered and been there to support others. I feel it has helped others and definitely helped me.”

During the Mind Your Head campaign, NFYFC will be helping to share messages from The Farm Safety Foundation and promoting Rural+ to counties and clubs as a positive way that they can support their members.

Farmers and their families face the same issues that everyone faces but there are a unique set of stressors in the industry; weather, market fluctuations, loneliness, long hours etc. that compound everyday pressures. Farming continues to have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK and, given the hazards and risks faced by farmers every day, being in the wrong headspace when working on a busy farm can, in fact, lead to life-changing or life-ending accidents. 

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For more information about the Rural+ session, visit here


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