A Young Farmer is urging everyone in the agriculture industry to ’spread the love’ and help those suffering with mental health issues.
Beatrice Freer, 19, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, was struck with depression back in 2015, at the age of just 17, when she started a new job.
"I thought I’d landed on my feet but that wasn’t the case", she told Farmers Guardian.
"Things spiralled out of control and I was struck with depression. I was so lucky to have a supportive family and boyfriend to pull me back to my feet. Some people don’t have that and suffer in silence.
"I know first hand how difficult agriculture is both mentally and physically."
Now Beatrice wants anyone suffering from mental health issues to know it’s okay to speak out.
"It would be great if others could just take the time to notice what their friends or family members might be struggling with.
"Some little things can make a world of a difference to someone who is suffering."
"Harvest can be one of the most stressful times in the farming calendar and often rather solitary.
"Hours on end sat in a tractor/combine/loader cab by yourself seriously takes its toll on mental health, especially in a bad year!
"If you know someone who is struggling this harvest, offer a helping hand, either by offering to do small jobs for them or even just check in on them with an ice cream, a cold drink and a smile.
"It can make a massive difference!"
Here at Farmers Guardian, we are passionate about helping the rural community deal with everything connected to mental health, which is why we have created a dedicated hub.
Full of helplines, stories from families and individuals who have suffered themselves and guides on how to deal with mental health, this hub will provide anybody who doesn’t know where to go with a place to seek advice.