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

David’s Story

“I had the farm and the family I’d always wanted but something was not right. I was not happy,” explained David… Over the years, David’s problems worsened and he felt he had ‘hit the bottom and crashed’ after a string of unfortunate circumstances befell his farm. He described a difficult time when his ewes were

Are EWE okay?

The last blog post today comes from Joanna Foubister, Campaign Manager for the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs “Are Ewe Okay? campaign. This particular initiative, launched in May 2016 is run by SAYFC in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and aims to break the stigma surrounding mental wellbeing for young farmers

How God’s Own County is looking after its own…

Today’s next blog comes from Kate Dale, Yorkshire Support Network Coordinator who demonstrates the practical support one region is offering to the various challenges facing farming and rural communities in Yorkshire … The Yorkshire Rural Support Network is part of the Charitable Activities of The Yorkshire Agricultural Society and sits at The Regional Agricultural Centre

Mind Your Head – Sources of Help…

Farming Help The following charities have teamed up to create a singular hotline, called Farming Help. The website states: “Struggling to get by and not sure where to turn? Times can get hard for everyone but the good news is that farmers can reach three farming charities, with just ONE CALL.” Addington Fund The Addington

Emma’s Story

On Valentine’s Day, when many of us are celebrating with hearts and flowers, one woman’s story highlights the devastation that losing a loved one to suicide really brings and the inspiration that has driven her to set up a foundation in his memory to support people in rural communities with poor mental health, especially men

Stephen’s Story

Today’s Mind Your Head blog from The Farming Community Network (FCN) is about Stephen, a beef farmer struggling to come to terms with the end of his marriage. This story is based on true events, however the names of the individuals have been changed in order to protect their identity. Stephen ran a 200-acre beef

Please watch this…

  The pressures of farming aren’t going to disappear, so as a farmer you need resilience, smart strategies and specific skills to live well and farm well. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by any of the issues we are dealing with this week, support and guidance is available from the following