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12th Feb

2021

TFA Blog #31 – Mental Health: The Biggest Hidden Problem in Farming Today

As part of the annual Mind Your Head campaign (15-19 February) organised by farming charity The Farm Safety Foundation, the TFA is encouraging farmers and those living and working in agriculture to start putting their mental health first.

The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of an issue that few in the industry want to talk about, but that affects one in four people in the world at some point in their lives. According to recent research carried out by the Farm Safety Foundation 88% of farmers under 40 now rate poor mental health as the biggest hidden problem faced by farmers (an increase from 81% in 2018). The UK-wide survey of 450 young farmers also revealed that 89% believe that talking about the issue will remove the stigma attached to it.

Mental health is an issue that we are hearing more about now, especially after the challenges of 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic. The TFA is backing Mind Your Head as Brexit, the weather and the virus are causing levels of stress and anxiety in the industry to rise so there is no better time to focus attention on the physical and mental wellbeing of an industry under pressure. With many of the support networks for farmers being closed as a result of lockdown, we need to stay connected and take notice of those in the farming community, whether family or friends, who may be struggling with their mental health and make an effort to learn more about the issue so we can offer the right support.

For more information on the ‘Mind Your Head’ campaign visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Remember, there are lots of resources available to help and support those struggling at the moment. While the TFA can offer advice a matter which is worrying you about your farming business. There following organisations are also here to help:

Yellow Wellies ‘Mind Your Head’ – visit https://www.yellowwellies.org/category/mind-your-head

FCN Practical Support – 03000 111 999 (7am – 11pm daily)

R.A.B.I Welfare & Financial Help – 01865 724931 (weekdays 9am – 5pm)

Mind Advice and Support – 0300 1233393 (weekdays 9am – 6pm)

Samaritans – 116 123

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