Since 2018, we have been raising awareness of a serious issue facing our farming community – poor mental health.
The farming industry faces many stress factors, which are placing increasing pressure on our workers and putting them at greater risk of mental ill health. These include extended amounts of time working in isolation, a blurring between work and home life, and financial uncertainty. Brexit, changing consumer habits, and the climate crisis present further threats to the industry. The total income in the UK from farming decreased by a massive £971 million between 2017 and 2018, and 42% of UK farmers would have made a loss between 2014 and 2017 without direct payments from the EU.3
In 2018, there were 83 suicides amongst people working in agricultural and related trades in England and Wales. Are all of these issues contributing to poor mental health?
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