National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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11 February 2019

NFYFC is supporting this year’s Mind Your Head campaign (11-15 Feb) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation to raise awareness and tackle the stigma of the growing issue of mental illness in farming. 

The Federation is encouraging its 615 YFCs to raise awareness of mental health issues during the week and to organise a Rural+ training session for their club this membership year. The Rural+ Curve module, developed by NFYFC with the Farming Community Network, helps rural young people understand more about mental health and where to seek support.

Recent research by the Farm Safety Foundation reveals that 81% of farmers under 40 believe that mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today and 92% believe that promoting good mental health is crucial if lives are to be saved and farmers kept safe.

Throughout the week, the Farm Safety Foundation will be reminding farmers and farming families that Valentine’s week; when we are supposed to celebrate love and togetherness, can sometimes highlight how different, alone, or low we feel and if that is the case, help is available.

The Foundation will bring together key people, organisations and other charities to raise awareness of this mounting issue in the industry and build a community of support for those affected.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Lynsey Martin said: “NFYFC is backing Mind Your Head as it’s important to raise awareness of the issue in the industry. NFYFC’s new Rural+ training session is proving to be helpful for clubs across England and Wales who want to discuss the impact of mental health and where to get support. Young people living in remote locations face the added pressures of rural isolation and in some cases farming stresses. YFCs can help breakdown the stigma around mental health and encourage people to seek support when they need it.”

Stephanie Berkeley who leads the Farm Safety Foundation said: “This Mind Your Head, we will continue to raise awareness of what the next generation consider the ‘biggest hidden problem’ in the industry and highlight the help available. This year we will also put a special focus on building personal resilience for farmers at this critical time. As an industry, we have a collective responsibility to do something about the issue of poor mental health and the risk of suicide and we believe that every one of us has a role to play.”

For more information on ‘Mind Your Head’ visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook. Read more information about the Rural+ Curve module here..



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