A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT …What would you do?

What if you were enjoying a day out at an agricultural show and saw a young farmer standing blindfolded carrying a large sign saying: “95% of young farmers in the UK say that poor mental health is the biggest hidden danger in the industry. If you agree, give me a hug or take a flower.”

Mental Health in Farming – Who cares?

FAMILIAR FACES JOIN YELLOW WELLIES TO TACKLE THE BIGGEST HIDDEN PROBLEM FACING FARMERS TODAY Farming in the UK has been hit by an increase in flooding, drought, and heatwaves in recent years. The effects of the relentless season of storms have had huge consequences for those whose lives and livelihoods depend on the land. Fields

Give – Len’s Legacy

We’ve talked this week about the steps to wellness… Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and, on our final day it’s all about Giving. As we have seen, there are many people raising money and awareness but one of the most important things you can give is your time. One couple who have spent

Give – Landscapes of support

We are delighted to support the launch event for a special issue of Sociologia Ruralis which brings together seven papers from four countries – UK, USA, New Zealand, Ireland – on the subject of mental wellbeing. Organised by Cranfield University and the University of Exeter with ourselves to conclude Mind Your Head Week 2023, at

Give –  Minding our heads together

Our final theme of the week is ‘Give’ so, as the organisation who founded and funded the Farm Safety Foundation in 2014, we asked the Chairman of NFU Mutual, Jim McLaren MBE to give us his thoughts on the importance NFU Mutual place on giving…   “I wear my Yellow Wellies badge proudly – as

Keep Learning – What can we learn from the construction industry?

For years, analysts have been looking at the construction and agriculture industries to see if the two industries can learn from each other to make each safer for their workers. Agriculture and construction face similar challenges. They share a reputation of being conservative, slow to adopt new technologies which means that both lag behind many

Keep Learning – From Flight Attendant to Farmer at Fifty!

Reaching a landmark age can feel like a daunting milestone, but it shouldn’t stop you from living life to the fullest! Why should you let people dictate how you spend your golden years? if there is something new that you want to learn or an activity that ignites your passion, why not take go for

Keep Learning – Keep Minding Your Head

Your mental health is an important part of your wellbeing. This aspect of your welfare determines how you’re able to operate psychologically, emotionally, and socially. Considering how much of a role it plays in each aspect of your life, it’s important to guard and improve your wellbeing and evidence suggests that one of the steps

Take Notice – What Alice Did Next…

Last year, we introduced Alice Hendy, founder of R;pple Suicide Prevention Charity. Alice lost her brother Josh on 25th November 2020 to suicide at only 21 years old. Days after Josh’s passing, Alice found searches on his laptop for ways to end his own life – and websites that advised on how to do so.

Take Notice – a plea from one farmer

Damian Barson farms 64 acres on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, keeping sheep, pigs and goats and providing good quality local meat – with ambitions to expand his acreage in the next 12 months. In this blog he explains why he feels it is important to take notice of your feelings … as well as