Terry’s Story

Suicide is a topic that needs to be approached with caution and sensitivity but one that often garners alarming headlines. Discussed less often, are the number of attempts at suicide every year – 1 in 5 people have thought about suicide at some time in their life. Nevertheless, we often struggle to bring up suicidal

Get Appy

Since the beginning of the pandemic, and as we all have begun to adapt to our new reality, it has become clear how important it is to stay connected, digitally or otherwise. While this global lockdown brought a lot of uncertainty to many of us and has affected our mental wellbeing, some working in the

The R;pple Effect…

Over the past few years, many have debated whether the stresses of agriculture and the pandemic would result in an increase in suicide rates. Although those concerns, fortunately, do not seem to have come to fruition overall, these stressors are pushing the need for good mental health care and suicide prevention strategies to the forefront.

Boots and Heels– The Farming Podcast stepping out of the box.

With four and a half million podcasts registered around the world at the end of 2021, you could say that podcasts are booming right now. According to OFCOM’s podcast survey in April 2021, 50% of adults in the UK have listened to a podcast and 25% of adults in the UK do so at least

Behind the Scenes… #ASKTWICE

  As many of you know, our yellow wellies ambassadors are an invaluable source of support to the charity. Some have been with us from the start and others we have met through the course of our activities and these relationships can last months or, in some circumstances, years. We become friends and this is

Dealing with Farming’s Mental Health Issues Head On

2020 and 2021 have been 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. The UK’s farmers are a remarkable breed; adaptable, resilient and incredibly hardworking but the commitment of our

Listen Up!

This week we have discussed the appalling safety record in the industry and also some of the ways we can start to improve things but are we really hearing the messages that are being shared? Today’s theme is the ‘health’ in Health & Safety and one area that we often overlook until it’s too late

TOP TIPS – Working in the Sun

Top Tips – Protect The Skin You’re In • Keep your top on when working. • Wear a hat with a brim or a flap that covers the ears and the back of the neck. • Stay in the shade whenever possible, during your breaks and especially at lunch time. • Use a high factor

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Get Sun Smart

Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week in the UK. Whilst construction workers have the highest number of fatalities, working in agriculture is second highest and accounts for 23% of these deaths. That’s around one farm worker every month dying from skin

A ‘farmer’s tan’ may be a joke to some…

…but sun damage is no laughing matter. Agriculture is an industry where many workers don’t bother their doctor unless they are seriously ill so levels of ill-health are unclear. However, according to HSE, in 2020, 13,000 farm workers suffered from work-related ill health. Musculoskeletal injury (back pain, sprains or strains) is over three times the