We can’t stress it enough – Farmers need to take it seriously

Mental health problems can make everyday life difficult, just as physical problems can, and yet not enough people in the industry with mental health problems or mental illness are getting the help and support they need. In this blog, Rick Brunt, Head of Agriculture, Health & Safety Executive emphasises the need to address work related

Jonathan’s Story…

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in three young adults experienced mental health problems last year – yet still, it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully or responsibly. Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles to public discussions about mental health in all walks of

Hey Jude…

When we thought about who was writing today’s blog for Mind Your Head, and the theme of his recently published Nuffield Report, the lyrics of this Beatles tune have never rung so true… And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders… Please welcome Jude McCann, Chief Executive

Mutual support can tackle rural isolation

As many of you will know, the Farm Safety Foundation is funded by leading rural insurer NFU Mutual. We asked NFU Mutual’s Rural Affairs Specialist Tim Price for his thoughts on why looking after your mental health has become such a hot topic in the industry and why NFU Mutual is proud to support the

A Quiet Night Inn

For our new campaign video, we enlisted the expertise of Luc Edwards, Lewis Lintern and the very talented team at TVC Group to create “A Quiet Night Inn”, a special film for social media to support our drive to raise awareness of the issue of mental health in the industry and tackle the stigma around

The Hidden Danger: Mind your head over the coming weeks …

Living well is the key to farming well and, this week at the Farm Safety Foundation, we are going to highlight the importance of farmers looking after their mental health. Stephanie Berkeley, who leads the Farm Safety Foundation outlines the plans for this year’s campaign… “There are a number of mental health risk factors associated

ATVs…Are You Road Legal?

There has been a lot of debate about the use of ATVs in farming – whether to wear a helmet or not (the answer is YES by the way) and whether you can carry passengers or not (the answer is, if there is one seat there should only be one bottom so NO in this

Shock Horror – Working Safely Near Overhead Powerlines

On average, one farm worker dies each year as a result of contact with overhead power lines. Add to this the 300+ high voltage and extra high voltage incidents reported by the Health and Safety Executive in 2018 and we know there is a mounting issue that needs to be addressed… Northern Powergrid has reported

The Nightmare before Christmas…

Andy Williams sang ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ and while, for many of us, Christmas is a time of fun and celebration, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Watching everybody rush about planning for the ‘perfect Christmas’ can intensify feelings of loneliness, increase financial worries and put pressure