Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021


Mental health has been defined as “the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to survive pain, disappointment and sadness.” It is a positive sense of well-being and self-esteem which influences how we think and feel about ourselves and others; how we see the world around us; how we communicate with others, and how we form and sustain relationships.

Mental health problems can be experienced by anyone. Mental stress affects us all differently and is also influenced by social and environmental factors as well as by the level of support we receive from those around us.


If you are worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, click here to be redirected to Samaritans support.


The Hill Farmer

Watch this short film by the Somerset Mental Health in Agriculture Group (of which FCN is a member) which highlights the vital role of support organisations and charities in helping farmers during challenging times and supporting mental health and wellbeing. 

The film, titled ‘The Hill Farmer’, features Oliver Edwards, a well-known Exmoor farmer, telling his story of dealing with pressures on the farm at the same time as battling a diagnosis of colon cancer. This took an enormous toll on Oliver’s mental health, and he had suicidal thoughts. 

Initially Oliver found getting help difficult, as he shut himself off from others and didn’t want to burden those around him. Thankfully, his diagnosis served as a ‘wake-up call’, which motivated him to ask for help. Click here to watch.



AHDB webinar with FCN

The AHDB & FCN joint webinar discusses our widening awareness of mental health for those working in and with the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

The webinar also includes NFU member and County Chair for Lancashire, Olly Harrison, talking about the work being done to break down the barriers around mental health.


How to start a conversation about mental health: click here.

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