Link between poor mental health & farm safety revealed as Yellow Wellies Campaign encourages farmers to speak out.
Uncertainty over Brexit, the climate crisis and the ever-fluctuating market prices are all issues that are increasingly taking their toll on the mental health of UK farmers and agricultural workers.
According to a survey carried out by leading farm safety charity Yellow Wellies, 85% of young farmers agree that there is a definite link between mental health and farm safety, a growing figure which is up 4% on last year’s results.
The charity has just launched their third annual mental health awareness campaign, titled “The Last Word”, which aims to encourage farmers to open up and talk about mental health with their family and friends.
The newly released campaign video highlights the fact that stress, caused by growing unpaid bills, directly causes a possibly life-threatening accident on the farm.
“One of the most effective methods in combating stigma is talking about it,” said Farm Safety Foundation’s Stephanie Berkeley.
“This is on our watch, and in theses challenging times, it’s down to each and every one of us to look out for our friends, colleagues, neighbours and ourselves.”
For more information on mental health in agriculture, visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.