Tractor and plow in field

Risky Business?

Okay, so we know that farming comes with a unique set of risks. Farmers, and their families, face numerous health and safety dangers on a daily basis – from tractors to injuries from falls, machinery and chemicals. Dr Amy Irwin of the University of Aberdeen has been exploring farmer perception of the risks involved in

David’s Story

“I had the farm and the family I’d always wanted but something was not right. I was not happy,” explained David… Over the years, David’s problems worsened and he felt he had ‘hit the bottom and crashed’ after a string of unfortunate circumstances befell his farm. He described a difficult time when his ewes were

Are EWE okay?

The last blog post today comes from Joanna Foubister, Campaign Manager for the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs “Are Ewe Okay? campaign. This particular initiative, launched in May 2016 is run by SAYFC in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and aims to break the stigma surrounding mental wellbeing for young farmers

How God’s Own County is looking after its own…

Today’s next blog comes from Kate Dale, Yorkshire Support Network Coordinator who demonstrates the practical support one region is offering to the various challenges facing farming and rural communities in Yorkshire … The Yorkshire Rural Support Network is part of the Charitable Activities of The Yorkshire Agricultural Society and sits at The Regional Agricultural Centre

Mind Your Head – Sources of Help…

Farming Help The following charities have teamed up to create a singular hotline, called Farming Help. The website states: “Struggling to get by and not sure where to turn? Times can get hard for everyone but the good news is that farmers can reach three farming charities, with just ONE CALL.” Addington Fund The Addington

Emma’s Story

On Valentine’s Day, when many of us are celebrating with hearts and flowers, one woman’s story highlights the devastation that losing a loved one to suicide really brings and the inspiration that has driven her to set up a foundation in his memory to support people in rural communities with poor mental health, especially men

Stephen’s Story

Today’s Mind Your Head blog from The Farming Community Network (FCN) is about Stephen, a beef farmer struggling to come to terms with the end of his marriage. This story is based on true events, however the names of the individuals have been changed in order to protect their identity. Stephen ran a 200-acre beef

Please watch this…

  The pressures of farming aren’t going to disappear, so as a farmer you need resilience, smart strategies and specific skills to live well and farm well. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by any of the issues we are dealing with this week, support and guidance is available from the following

Lessons from the lands down under

For today’s blog, we have invited Aarun Naik, Nuffield Scholar and qualified and practicing counsellor & psychotherapist to outline the challenges facing our farmers and the lessons we can learn from his study of how the industry in the Southern Hemisphere is prioritising and tackling the issue… It seems like the topic of mental health

Coming Soon…

Today, marks the launch of our new initiative ‘Mind Your Head’ to raise awareness of mental health amongst the farming community. If you are a farmer, or know someone that is, mental health is so important – and so often overlooked. We’re urging farmers to reach out for help. It is there – you just