Suicide – The Last Stigma of Mental Health

Talking about suicide in the farming industry is tough. Talking about it might be tough but it’s also incredibly important. But, what’s even more important is how we talk about it. In 2019, there were 102 suicides registered in England and Wales in those working in farming and agricultural related trades according to the Office

Mental Health – It’s Everyone’s Business

Rising coronavirus infection rates, and the accompanying wave of lockdowns across the UK has prompted several organisations in the agricultural industry to spend more time considering their employees’ and customers’ mental health… With a growing sense of uncertainty and increased levels of anxiety in the industry, it is encouraging that organisations such as AHDB, Dunbia,

James’ Story

My name is James Hosking (better known as “Pasty” by friends). I’m 28 years old and live in Launceston, Cornwall and this is my story… I grew up on our family dairy farm “Higher Leah Farm” in St Buryan, Land’s End, Cornwall. We used to milk around 120 cows and had a total of around

Time to Call It Quits?

Just before Christmas, singer Jesy Nelson made a powerful statement by quitting the biggest girl band in the world – Little Mix – after nine years: it’s okay to prioritise your mental wellbeing over a job, even if it has always felt like your dream career. The decision to leave a job for the sake

Shetland – Delivering the Feel Good Factor

We are all too aware that the past 12 months have drastically reduced the number of exciting moments in our day-to-day lives. We’re not talking about that all-encompassing, jump-up-and-down excitement but the little moments of pleasure we used to carve out of our everyday routines – getting ready to spend a few days at the

Run Farmers Run!

Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Of course, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active… People who exercise regularly tend to do so because, as Blur sang, it gives

The Living Years

Say it loud… Say it clear… you can listen as well as you hear This year, we have been granted permission to use one of the most profoundly moving songs in pop music history – Mike + the Mechanics’ ‘The Living Years’ for our Mind Your Head hero film. The song was the title track

Tackling the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today

Mental health in agriculture is the elephant in the room. No one really wants to talk about loneliness, anxiety or suicide. But it’s there, and many are increasingly worried that it’s getting worse… We are not alone. A survey in August from the Office for National Statistics found that almost one in five adults were

SOURCES OF SUPPORT – TEAGASC Ireland

Promoting Farmer Mental Health – a Farm Advisory perspective In this blog, Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist Advisor for Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland outlines the importance of promoting farmer health, managing stress and adopting prositive strategies to cope with the pressures of farming… “My role of a Specialist Advisor

SOURCES OF SUPPORT – RURAL SUPPORT Northern Ireland

The tide is turning on mental health. According to Clodagh Crowe of Rural Support; “It’s about time, we would say here in Northern Ireland, where we have the highest prevalence of mental illness in the UK and where last month hundreds of high-profile figures backed a campaign declaring a public health emergency on suicide.” Indeed,