Too Hot To Harvest?

With temperatures already in the mid to high 30s, this is a gentle reminder to take care in the heat. Working in agriculture means you spend a lot of time outside; and means you receive around 5-10 times the yearly sun exposure compared to people who work indoors. Whilst, Imperial College London research for the British

Welcome to the 10th Annual Farm Safety Week

Comment by Stephanie Berkeley, Manager, Farm Safety Foundation The results are in and, according to the HSE Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing in GB Report 2021/22 published today, 25 people  including a 9-year old child, lost their lives on our farms over the past year. This may be an improvement on last year’s

Supporting Others

In the farming industry, we are lucky to have a wealth of regional and national organisations providing support, advice and guidance to farming and rural communities. These support services are available online, by phone, virtually or face-to-face and include: NORTHERN IRELAND Rural Support Tel 0800 138 1678  Email Rural Support provides a listening

RABI’s new counselling service for 2022

With worryingly low levels of mental wellbeing identified by its Big Farming Survey, RABI has launched two new support services for 2022 – in-person mental health counselling and mental health training. RABI’s head of partnerships, Suzy Deeley, says these initiatives will complement the existing support services they offer the farming community. “Our recent survey findings

Why HSE’s Working Minds Matters…

Since the start of the pandemic, 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies. However, new figures released in January revealed that over 50% of people were concerned about their mental health last year, with around half also experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or depression. The majority did not seek professional help. With

Getting Real with Samaritans

As we embrace 2022, I’m sure everyone has considered just how incredibly challenging the last two years have been… Two lockdowns, constantly changing restrictions and ongoing uncertainty have undoubtedly had an impact on virtually everyone’s mental health and none more so than in the farming industry. While numerous ‘mental health awareness days’, ‘mental health awareness

COVID – “the tip of the iceberg” for farming’s mental health issues…

As we have said, 2020 and 2021 have proved incredibly challenging for the UK’s farming industry. There were extreme weather conditions, poor harvests, supply chain shortages and a global pandemic to contend with but, through it all, farming endured as it always does but at what cost? Many of us could confidently agree that the

Who run the World… Farmers!

We have been talking all this Mind Your Head week about the importance of looking after your mental health and how it should be given equal airtime to physical health however, taking the first steps to improve your mental wellbeing can seem daunting, especially in an industry like farming when time pressures and rural isolation

#MindYourHead Top Tips – Feed Your Mind

Did you know that fewer than one in five British farmers eats a healthy diet despite producing some of the best food in the world, according to a survey carried out by Farmers Weekly What we eat doesn’t just affect our physical health: it can also affect our mental health too. But making sweeping changes

#MindYourHead Top Tips – Stay Active

You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and more? So why aren’t more of us using this to boost our mental wellbeing? In a survey by Farmers Weekly, 55% of farmers