UKRS backs call for farmers to Mind Your Head over the coming weeks
UKRS is supporting this year's Mind Your Head campaign (10-14 February) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation which will encourage the farming community to stop and think about how they are looking after their physical and mental wellbeing. The award-winning campaign, now in its third year, was launched to raise awareness of the growing issue of poor mental health in our agricultural sector.
Farmers and their families face the same issues that everyone faces but there are a unique set of stressors in the industry; weather, market fluctuations, loneliness, long hours etc. that compound everyday pressures. Farming continues to have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK and, given the hazards and risks faced by farmers every day, being in the wrong headspace when working on a busy farm can, in fact, lead to life-changing or life-ending accidents.
Jo Bruce from UKRS said: "We are backing the third annual Mind Your Head campaign as we believe that there is no better time to focus attention on the physical and mental wellbeing of an industry under pressure. We believe that tackling the stigma surrounding poor mental health in the industry is vital and we ask those living and working in the UK's agricultural sector do you really know enough about the issue to offer real help to someone who needs it?"
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