A Minute Read on Mental Health: Farmers
Research shows that levels of depression is on the increase amongst farmers in the UK, stress from financial and market pressures, livestock disease and poor harvest being key factors in its onset or decline. Although suicide rates in farmers is amongst the highest in any occupational group, with one farmer committing suicide a week, they are very reluctant to discuss problems they have relating to their mental health and well-being.
Farmers often work long days with little human contact which means that not only can mental health problems fester, but being socially isolated for prolonged periods of time also means symptoms are more likely to go unnoticed.
With the growing list of pressures, such as climate change and Brexit, that farmers and agri-businesses are experiencing, it is becoming increasingly important to encourage farmers, both male and female, to be more open about their emotional well-being and to ensure that they have the right support available to them if or when they need it. Farmers – your minds are just as important as your machines.
Here are some organisations if you, or someone you know, might need help:
The Farming Community Network
Helpline number: 03000 111 999
Helpline number: 0808 281 9490
Helpline number: 0300 123 3393