Speaking Up and Supporting Scotland’s Farmers

Something we can all agree on, is that 2020 was a tough year filled with unexpected challenges. Recently we collaborated on a study conducted by the School of Psychology NTSAg at the University of Aberdeen into 182 Scottish farming and rural participants. The study revealed that a predominant issue in mental health described by farmers was

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

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

The Little Book of Minding Your Head – Get your Copy Here

Whilst UK farmers are renowned for the attention they give to their livestock, crops and machinery, it appears they do not have such a good track record when it comes to taking care of themselves and their own wellbeing. There are a number of mental health risk factors associated with agriculture. Farmers work long hours, often in isolation. They

Self-Care – The Wright Way…

For the last 8 years, this month’s guest blogger Naomi Wright and her husband David have run a dairy farm near Kendal in Cumbria. Naomi doesn’t come from a farming background however she has a unique insight and understanding of the difficulties the farming industry faces. Having recently qualified as a psychotherapist, Naomi’s passion and

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