As World Mental Health Day launches (October 10), the Farmers’ Union of Wales urges the rural community to talk about the sometimes taboo subject.
Farmers across Wales are being urged to talk about their personal feelings rather than hide them as World Mental Health day takes place.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales is spreading the ’it’s ok to say’ message after making a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health within the farming industry, reinforcing the call for those suffering to seek help.
There are many factors to take in to consideration when talking about mental wellness, and there are many issues farmers face everyday that could trigger a problem.
Union President, Glyn Roberts said: “The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,”
He added: “But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,”