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 remain a vigorous 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.

Mental health is an important issue for farming and one where more work is needed. As well as farmers, the course is a help for all those involved in farming and working within the agricultural industry. The half-day was well paced, and the content was interesting and insightful, and I would recommend others to take the time and attend.

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-Brian Richardson: Head of Agriculture, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank (Workshop Participant)

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.

Appreciation

What they are saying about Strongheart.