Wake Up To Tiredness

Work-related fatigue can be very bad for your safety and your health and nowhere is this more relevant than in farming! In a recent UK-wide study of 95 farmers we carried out in partnership with our funder NFU Mutual back in April 2021, 69% of respondents identified tiredness as a major risk to farming safely.

Rethink Risk

Over the years, our Farm Safety Week and Mind Your Head campaigns have become synonymous with impactful social media films that gain high levels of engagement. This year’s 2021 Mind Your Head video “The Living Years” had 614,000 views on social media and our 2020 Farm Safety Week video “Out of The Mouths Of Babes”

Risky Business

Long hours, intense physical labour, low pay and at the mercy of the elements, who’d be a farmer today? Well nearly half a million workers it seems. Yet, for a workforce that accounts for a mere 1% of GB’s working population, the industry accounts for nearly a quarter of all workplace fatal injuries, giving it

Locked Down But Not Alone

Asking for help is not only brave, but also vital for maintaining your mental wellbeing or recovering from and managing a bout of poor mental health. Thanks to the farm and rural support groups across the UK, there is support available for you or someone you know who may be struggling right now. The National

Farming Help… When It Matters

We’ve spoken a lot this week about how important it is to raise awareness of mental health in the industry – the issues that farmers are facing and the crippling burden of poor mental health, particularly for those in crisis situations. Over the past year, the world has seen a high degree of change, isolation,

Speaking Up and Supporting Scotland’s Farmers

Something we can all agree on, is that 2020 was a tough year filled with unexpected challenges. Recently we collaborated on a study conducted by the School of Psychology NTSAg at the University of Aberdeen into 182 Scottish farming and rural participants. The study revealed that a predominant issue in mental health described by farmers was

Supporting Others

It can be scary when someone you love is sick. It can be especially scary if they’re diagnosed with a mental health condition. It’s hard to see someone you love in pain and it’s confusing when someone you know well is not acting like themselves. You know how you would take care of them if

Suicide – The Last Stigma of Mental Health

Talking about suicide in the farming industry is tough. Talking about it might be tough but it’s also incredibly important. But, what’s even more important is how we talk about it. In 2019, there were 102 suicides registered in England and Wales in those working in farming and agricultural related trades according to the Office

Mental Health – It’s Everyone’s Business

Rising coronavirus infection rates, and the accompanying wave of lockdowns across the UK has prompted several organisations in the agricultural industry to spend more time considering their employees’ and customers’ mental health… With a growing sense of uncertainty and increased levels of anxiety in the industry, it is encouraging that organisations such as AHDB, Dunbia,

James’ Story

My name is James Hosking (better known as “Pasty” by friends). I’m 28 years old and live in Launceston, Cornwall and this is my story… I grew up on our family dairy farm “Higher Leah Farm” in St Buryan, Land’s End, Cornwall. We used to milk around 120 cows and had a total of around