Whilst UK farmers are renowned for the attention they give to their livestock, crops and machinery, it appears they do not have such a good track record when it comes to taking care of themselves and their own wellbeing.
Levels of depression in the industry are thought to be increasing and suicide rates in agricultural farmers are among the highest in any occupational group (ONS).
The Farm Safety Foundation’s inaugural ‘Mind Your Head’ Campaign aims to encourage farmers and farming families not to neglect themselves, but to put themselves first, ‘open up’ and get some help and advice on whatever concerns they have.
After an extraordinary journey from the depths of depression to one of the most universally respected international rugby referees, former president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Nigel Owens, 46, from Carmarthenshire, is all too aware of how easily things can get out of hand when you don’t open up and you allow stress to take over your life.
Farm Safety Foundation is bringing together key organisations in the industry (such as the Farming Community Newtork) to work together for this initiative in the hope that farmers and their families know where, when and how to seek help when they need it.
For more information, please contact Emma Kaye at TVC Group: firstname.lastname@example.org