Poll: Does somebody you know have mental health problems?

The need to tackle the mental health problems of people working in the farming industry has come under the spotlight this week with the annual #MindYourHead campaign.

According to the Farm Safety Foundation, more than four out of five farmers (81%) under 40 believe mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that since 2010, at least 138 farmers in England and Wales have taken their own lives.

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Farmers who attended the NFU Scotland conference last week were urged to “come out” and talk about their mental health distress.

NFUS president Andrew McCornick said: “Mental health and wellbeing is a hugely important subject that is too often ignored in the farming community.

“Over the last few years we have been seeing more and more people coming out in our industry and shining a light on the issue of depression and anxiety and how it can be so prevalent in farmers and crofters.”