Organisations from across North Yorkshire have joined forces to raise mental health awareness among the farming community and improve access to local support.
Many farmers face stress which is an important contributor to mental health problems. Pressures resulting from long working hours, market fluctuations, livestock disease or poor harvest can take their toll. Financial worries, isolation and real threats of targeted crime also increase their vulnerability to low mood, rumination and paranoid thinking.
With levels of depression in the industry increasing and suicide rates in agricultural workers among the highest in any occupational group, it’s important that those living and working in the community recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems and know where to turn for support.
Representatives from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), North Yorkshire Police, the Rural Support Network, the Farming community network, Community First and the National Farmers Union have pledged to work together and develop a network of support for people living in rural communities in North Yorkshire including:
- farmers and their families
- farm tenants
- small holders
- agricultural workers
- game keepers.
It is hoped that the network will address some of the challenges presented by the large geographical area in North Yorkshire and will help organisations take a co-ordinated approach, making better use of the resource available to them.
Experiencing mental health problems...
If you live in North Yorkshire and are experiencing mental health problems, or are concerned about someone you know, your / their family GP can help. GPs act as a first point of contact and can provide initial support as well as providing signposting advice on community mental health services.
Support is also available from the following agencies:
Community First Yorkshire
Tel 01904 704177
The Farming Community Network
Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers
01423 865 870
East Riding Federation of Young Farmers