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.

How to develop and maintain a resilient mindset

Personal resilience is the art of holding your shape and bouncing back, according to change expert Heather Wildman, speaking on the second episode of Farming Focus, Cornish Mutual’s podcast for South West farmers.

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Mental health in dairy farming

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.

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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.

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Chris Manley

#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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