Working with Farmers

Working with Farmers and the food and farming sector

Before counselling, I worked in agriculture for almost 20 years. My career took me from development projects in Africa to farmers’ kitchen tables across the UK and gave me a profound respect for those working in the industry.

However, farming is a high risk occupation - not only physically, but also emotionally and psychologically. Intense workloads, long hours, disease, unpredictable weather, family tensions, market volatility, rural isolation, political uncertainty - the list of factors that farming families have to deal with is lengthy.

I travelled the world to analyse the unique issues faced by farming communities and explored numerous initiatives dedicated to improving farmer and grower wellbeing. I presented my findings in the form of my Nuffield report ‘Supporting Farmer Wellbeing’ in 2016. As a Nuffield Scholar, I am committed to staying at the forefront of research and development in farmers’ mental health. I am proud to serve as a trustee to an award-winning charity dedicated to supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of the UK's farmers - The Farm Safety Foundation.

I remain a passionate advocate for agriculture and have a particular interest in working with farmers and those who live and work in rural areas. I’m also an experienced speaker and provide mental health training for agricultural groups and businesses.

Very helpful in giving me a much better understanding of the issues surrounding mental health in the agricultural sector. The workshop was really informative, interactive and, considering it can often be an upsetting topic, overall was positive. I left feeling much more confident in knowing how to detect signs of struggle, how to provide a listening ear and who and where to refer someone I was worried about. I would definitely recommend it to people working amongst farmers and also to farmers themselves.

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Amanda Williams: Key Account Manager, McVeigh Parker (Workshop Participant, Specialist Farm & Fencing Suppliers)

Counselling

Individual counselling, both face-to-face and online over a secure webcam link.

Workshops & Training

Tailored training sessions on mental health awareness, stress management and resilience.

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