How can you look after your mental health and wellbeing?
Mental ill health in the farming community is a major cause for concern, and worse than in the wider population. In our Mental Health focus, three mental health experts outline the support available, and one of our Field Insurance Advisors describes how and why she’s involved with an initiative specifically for South West farmers.
New research investigates mental health in dairy farming
Since starting in the industry 40 years ago, Dorset farmer George Holmes has seen the number of dairy farmers drop dramatically. In research for his MBA, George is investigating the impact of poor mental health in UK dairy farmers and whether it contributes to farmers leaving the industry.Read more here
Talking can help
Ellie Sturrock believes talking more is vital for improving mental health in the farming community. As both an accredited talking therapies practitioner and a Dorset sheep farmer, Ellie has a unique understanding of mental wellbeing among those in agriculture, gained from over 25 years working in mental health care.Read more here
#walkwithme campaign encourages open conversation
Somerset-based Nuffield Scholar Chris Manley launched the #walkwithme campaign to improve wellbeing through walking and to encourage more open conversations around mental health.Read more here
Support through difficult times
Stephen Dennis, South West Regional Lead for the Farming Community Network (FCN), explains how the services they provide to the farming community have changed during the pandemic.Read more here
Online talking therapy
Simon Coombs is a registered counsellor offering digital services to his clients. He tells us how this form of counselling particularly appeals to the farming community.Read more here
It's vital to talk
Cornish Mutual Field Insurance Advisor Trudy Herniman is passionate about positive mental health and wellbeing, after losing her mother to suicide. We talk to Trudy about a group in Somerset visiting agricultural shows and markets to provide a space to talk.Read more here
Is mental health awareness training right for your farming business?
With poor mental health causing concern in the farming industry, Alison Baker of Somerset Mind outlines the importance of offering mental health awareness training in the workplace.Read more here