Make mental fitness a priority

The Cullyhanna Team
The Cullyhanna Team

This is an opportunity to start fresh and make positive changes that not only support the health of the farm business, but also the health of the farmer and the farm family.

Veronica Morris, CEO of Rural Support, said: “The agriculture industry faces many stressors including rising input costs, diseases such as avian flu and bovine tuberculosis and farm inspections, all of which must be addressed while often working in isolation. To handle these kinds of challenges, it is essential to have a high level of mental fitness. This New Year we are asking farmers and farming families across Northern Ireland to make improving their mental fitness a priority and take part in one of our free Coping with the Pressures of agriculture”.

Coping with the Pressures of Farming workshops are delivered across Northern Ireland to farmers and farming families and focus on how to recognize the symptoms of excessive stress; explore ways to build resilience, develop mental fitness and learn how to access specialist support. The workshops also encourage participants to identify changes they could make to their lifestyle and/or business practices to improve outcomes for both the individual and the farm business.

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The impact and experience of the Covid 19 pandemic has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, and that is why it is so important that we do what we can to take care of our health. mental state and our well-being and to watch over others and to contact us if we need help.

Gillian Reid, Farm Support Manager at Rural Support, said: “Talking about our mental health is not easy for farmers, but our Coping with the Pressures of Farming workshops allow individuals to express their concerns openly and confidentially. space and are facilitated by two of our qualified professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. These workshops will increase awareness of the signs of stress, how farmers can help themselves and others, and what other sources of help are available.

“At Rural Support, we understand the challenges and pressures that farm families face and how this can impact their mental health and their business. We encourage all farm family members over the age of 16 to get involved in our workshops so they can thrive together and become a stronger, more resilient farm unit.

The dates and locations of the next workshops are:

Wednesday 26 January 2022 – Loughgall Presbyterian Church Hall – 7.30pm

Thursday, February 10, 2022 – Ballygowan Presbyterian Church Hall – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2022 – St John’s Parish Hall, Fivemiletown – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 22 March 2022 – Ballywillan Presbyterian Church Hall, Portrush – 7.30pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, places are limited. To register, please contact Rural Support’s Agricultural Support Unit by contacting their freephone number 0800 138 1678 or by email. [email protected] Places can also be booked via the CAFRE website https://www.cafre.ac.uk/business-courses/coping-with-the-pressures-of-farming/ as these workshops are part of their Farm Family program Key Skills. For all groups interested in taking advantage of this free workshop, please contact Rural Support.

To find out more about Rural Support’s programs and workshops, visit their website www.ruralsupport.org.uk or contact the Farming Support Unit via their free confidential helpline 0800 138 1678, which is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, for more advice and assistance. .

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