In this blog post, Nick Grayson, South Yorkshire farmer and Chair of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire explains why you should consider signing up for our free mental health training with RABI at Ruswarp Mart on 6th February.
The rain gauge is over half full and the glass is looking half empty for many farmers at the moment.
A terrible autumn drilling campaign combined with unpredictable weather, farm assurance inspections, reduction in subsidy payments and uncertainty about the farm’s future or direction; the list could go on, are just some of the things that contribute to the poor mental health of many farmers.
According to a recent Farmers Weekly survey, only 55 per cent of farmers feel positive about their mental health, and a study conducted in 2012 found that farmers have higher levels of mental ill – health and suicide than non-farmers. These are very worrying statistics.
The past 12 to 18 months have been very challenging for everyone involved in agriculture with lots of different external factors out of our control affecting our businesses.
Strains can add up – but trusted, tailored support is at hand
Regardless of whether you care to admit it or not, all of these things do, in turn, have some effect on our mental health and wellbeing.
I will openly admit that 2023 was a difficult year for myself and my business and you can easily find yourself feeling in a rut with no way out of it.
That is why the Future farmers of Yorkshire are keen to do everything we can to help our members not become one of these statistics.
Our next Mental Health Training date
In conjunction with farming charity RABI (the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution), we are now offering places on our fourth farming-focused mental health training day, at Ruswarp Market on Tuesday 6th February.
We are offering this training completely free of charge to anyone working in the industry from the Yorkshire region.
This course offers simple and effective tools to understand and manage our own mental health but also gives the tools to recognise signs in others of poor mental health and how you can best support them.
A fantastic resource for people working closely with or alongside those within the farming industry, the course also offers free after support for two years afterwards for all attendees.
Having completed this course myself I can safely say it has helped me deal with everything that was thrown at me, my family and business during the past 12 months, and hopefully I have come out of the other side a stronger person.
If this course sounds of interest to you act now and secure your place by clicking on the button below, and we will look forward to welcoming you on the 6th February.
*Please note: If you cannot attend your booking, there will be a cancellation charge.
The Future Farmers of Yorkshire was launched in 2010 to bring together like-minded farmers, vets and industry supporters.
Since then the group has been joined by over 1,000 forward-thinking members, eager to expand their knowledge and excel in their careers. We support them by providing a platform for debate and the sharing of ideas.
The group is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is open to everyone within the industry. Members are from a range of sectors and enterprise sizes, with a mix of tenants, owner-occupiers, managers and employees.