Farming’s Mental Health Crisis

Welcome to Mind Your Head 2020… one week in the year when we shine the spotlight on our wonderful agricultural industry and the key element that is often overlooked when media stories are grabbing headlines… the people behind it. In our first blog of the week, our Manager Stephanie Berkeley looks at how initiatives like

Put the “Fun” back into Fundraising

In her first blog for the site, our newest team member Sophie Marsh highlights some of the wonderful and creative work that people, companies and YFCs have been doing to raise money to allow us to continue the work we do preserving and protecting the physical and mental wellbeing of the next generation of farmers… 

A Christmas Message from the Farm Safety Foundation…

Wow! what a busy year we’ve had this year… award-winning campaigns, an exciting new development in the education programme and a brand new Mental Health in Farming session… To finish the year, Olivia, Sophie and I have been working on a special message to share with you all on our social media channels. The short

Farming – a flocking great idea…

On the final day of National Young Farmers Week, so we thought we would end the week with a blog from Matt Dibble, a young farmer who has been sharing his very personal journey of how he is setting up his own farm with his +5,000 Instagram followers. According to Matt: “Breaking into the farming

Fit to Farm?

Following last month’s Farm Safety Week, Mike Rowe, a consultant on the ‘Two Minute Farmer’ project led by Duchy College and Stephens Scown solicitors, offers his thoughts on the approach this year’s campaign took – to drive real action – and issues his own challenge to the industry… “One of the most frequently heard words

Measuring the impact of farmer stress

Nuffield Farming Scholar and psychotherapist, Aarun Naik, and University of Liverpool researcher, Laura Phalp, have teamed up in search of hard data on farmer mental health. In today’s blog post they call on the farming community for help with this important research. Aarun says: “The issue of farmer mental health and wellbeing has long been

A letter to my Dad…

Award-winning broadcast journalist, founder of the Farmer In Mind Podcasts and farmer’s daughter, Rachael Brown, bravely puts pen to paper this Mind Your Head week to ask her own father to open up and share the load… Dear Dad, If only you knew how much I cared. If only you knew how much I worried.

Young Farmers Supporting Mental Health

While Young Farmers’ Clubs are often described as a social lifeline, what happens when your problems run much deeper than not winning at the County Rally? YFC Trainer Alice Giles from Bow YFC, Devon explains how NFYFC is raising awareness of mental health and where to get support… Living and working in a rural community

How R.A.B.I. can help…

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest charity, a key supporter of Mind Your Head, last year around 13% of R.A.B.I’s new referrals cited ‘mental health issues’ as a contributing factor to their problems. Although the charity does not offer professional counselling services, it can provide important financial assistance to people