If you are worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, click here to be redirected to Samaritans support.
Somerset Mental Health in Agriculture Group has developed an easy-to-read, pocket-sized flyer that sets out some of the symptoms of mental health problems and what to look out for in a family member, colleague or friend. Click here to view. Download below.
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.
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.
- Anxiety and depression
- Awareness days 2021
- Every Mind Matters
- Isolation and loneliness
- Identifying, managing and minimising stress
- Substance Misuse
- Suicide prevention
- Talking Therapies
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.