10-16th OCTOBER. WLL YOU BE PARTICIPATING?
We will be getting involed in the most important week ‘Agriculture mental health awareness week’. 2020 has argueably been one of the most challenging years, from devastaing floods to Coronavirus putting financial pressure on lots of farmers so opening up about mental health has never been more important. In a new post it has been revealed that more UK Farmers have been seeking mental health support with FCN (Farming Community Network) with mental health enquiries making up most of the calls. Mental Health awareness week hopes to help raise awareness around poor mental health in the farming industry to encourage change by promoting openess and reducing stigma in this isolated industry.
The Cororonavirus pandemic has affected lots of farmers and their business, which ultimatley has heighted stress and anxiety.
“FCN encourages those living in rural communities to get in touch with us. Whether the issues you’re experiencing are big or small, no one should have to suffer in silence. FCN’s Helpline (03000 111 999) is open every day of the year, 7am-11pm. Every year we help hundreds of farming families through difficult times. Our volunteers throughout England and Wales, many of whom are from farming backgrounds, are here to help.”
During this week, there will be plenty for everyone to take something away.
This should be everyones concern, lets all take this great opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health in the farming community.