Avoid stress, rural youth warned

4 December 2001

Avoid stress, rural youth warned

By Adrienne Francis

YOUNG people training for a career in the rural economy need to expect stress and develop coping strategies, experts have warned.

Caroline Davies, director of the Rural Stress Information Network, said self-employed youngsters were particularly vulnerable.

“The needs of those in the front line working with isolated rural people need to be recognised,” she said.

The network is making a plea for all employers with activities impacting on rural people to address stress.

“The industry must adapt in the years ahead and that must include the way we all plan to minimise and alleviate rural stress.”

Ms Davies said the networks major challenge will be finding ways to encourage people to make contact sooner rather than later.

“Dont let problems mount up and reach crisis point; the longer you wait the fewer options are available to move forward.”

Visitors to the RSIN stand at the Agrivision event on Wednesday (5 December) will be shown how to avoid causing workplace stress.

Help will continue to be available from the RSIN and national farming charities to tackle the practical problems leading to distress.

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