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Mental health seminar launched to help British farmers build resilience

A farming couple have launched a mental health seminar to help farmers get to grips with their well-being in the workplace. 

 

By Elizabeth Peni Brooks

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Mental health seminar launched to help farmers build resilience

The campaign, #RearingToGo, is set to host a conference and workshop on mental health on September 13, followed by an auction of calves and breeding hoggets at Halls Livestock Auction Centre in Shrewsbury.

 

It follows a successful calf auction on March 2 which raised almost £19,000 for Teac Tom, a charity which provides counselling and support to people who have been bereaved by suicide.

 

Teaming up with Volac for the second time, the decision to relaunch #RearingToGo was inspired after the overwhelming support from UK farmers.


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Peter and Paula Hynes, who created the campaign in late 2018, said the workshop was to ‘build resilience and provide people with practical tools to manage their mental well-being on a daily basis.’

 

Speakers include NFU vice-president Stuart Roberts as well as representatives from leading agricultural charities.

 

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Any donations of calves or breeding hoggets would be greatly appreciated and donors will be given Volac milk replacer products as a thank you.

 

All auction proceeds will go directly to three charities: the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, the DPJ Foundation and the Farming Community Network (FCN).

 

The event is free but attendees must register their interest to Peter Hynes on peterhynes1979@gmail.com or 00353 87 0644678, as well as those donating stock.

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