Isolation and loneliness

Farming can be a very isolating and lonely occupation, with many farm workers spending long hours alone and working in remote situations, with and alongside machinery and livestock. Lone working in agriculture is common place, and while many can value and thrive in lone working environments, it can bring with it increased risk.

Concern is growing over the number of accident related injuries and deaths on our farms. Farming remains one of our country’s most hazardous industries, accounting for 1.5% of workers but 15-20% of all worker fatalities. This can have a devastating impact on both the farming family and the farm business.

Suicide rates in farming are also amongst the highest of any occupational group. Lone working can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness when things are not going well, contributing to the onset of depression. Equally, those already experiencing wellbeing issues can be at increased risk of having accidents, especially when working alone. Implementing some simple practices on your farm may well serve to protect you and your workforce.

Loneliness can affect all people, with over 9 million people in the UK saying they always or often feel lonely.  Understanding how to cope with isolation and loneliness will help combat the fear of isolation.

Rural communities can often be thought of as friendly, family like groups, whereas this is not always the case. Particularly as younger generations move out and community events reduce, the lack of village spirit often enhances loneliness and makes people feel less connected. The following FarmWell downloadable document addresses the causes of loneliness, how to manage feelings of loneliness, and how to cope with isolation, click here to view. Download below.

Meeting New People and Socialising in Rural Areas

Join a club or society

It’s very easy now to find a club or society that fits your interests thanks to search engines. Whether you want to meet like-minded people to talk about films, music, sport or food, it’s likely that there is an organisation out there that will give you a warm welcome. Interaction might be online, but there are still so many benefits to becoming involved.

Across the UK, there are thousands of groups that meet regularly in rural areas:

Men’s Sheds – Connection, conversation and creation. Encouraging people to come together to make, repair and repurpose whilst helping the local community. Over 900 groups nationwide. Click here.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes – Not all Jam and Jerusalem. The WI is the largest women’s organisation in the UK. It’s a place for women of all generations to share experiences, support their local community, and even campaign nationally. Click here.

The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs – The largest rural youth movement in the UK, with 23,000 members ages from 10 – 28 in almost 600 clubs. Click here.

Keep up your hobby, or find a new one

Socialising with people who have the same or similar interests is a great way to widen your social circle. Here are just a few websites that will help you find a club near you that suits your chosen activity:

Running RunTogether | Part of England Athletics

Rugby Find Rugby (

Football Home Page – Find Football (

Netball ENgage (

Walking Find a group – Ramblers

Companionship and dating in rural areas

Did you know that there are specialist dating websites for those living in the countryside, or who have an interest in the countryside and farming?

The 2 organisations below are led by dedicated experts, and members are interviewed and vetted manually before they join to ensure everyone you could be introduced to is genuine, and your anonymity is protected.


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