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.

I can honestly say that I find Aarun to be an amazing counsellor. He is wholly present, has great intuition and is gentle in his challenges to help you get unstuck. He’s a great example of a safe place to land.

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M (Counselling client, Female, 40s)

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.