Northern Ireland farmers learn to be ‘Well Aware’

 

Farming communities in Northern Ireland can now benefit from Strongheart’s mental health awareness expertise.

Leading educational workshop, ‘Well Aware’, has been adapted by Northern Ireland's College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) as part of its 'Farm Family Key Skills' programme.

Re-branded for Northern Ireland as ‘Coping with the Pressures of Farming’, this training specifically designed to support awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the agriculture and horticulture industry, will continue to be delivered across the country for another three years through a partnership with the team at farming charity, Rural Support.

During the initial phase of rollout between November 2019 and March 2020 around 300 farmers, farm family members and farm workers took part in the initiative. Following the training:

  • 94% stated that they had improved knowledge in the subject area
  • 100% indicated that as a result of this workshop they would know where to look or who to contact if they, or someone they knew, needed help or support
  • 94% stated that they would recommend the training to others

Here is a sample of just some of the great feedback received ….

 "This was an outstanding exposure of the myriad of issues surrounding stress and suicide. The presentations by the Rural Support team including the screen presentation by Aarun Naik were nothing short of excellent. Thank you all!” 

“A great, interactive event well delivered. I would recommend it worthwhile for anybody to attend.”

“I learned you need to look after yourself and the family. Made me think more, especially well ahead. I am now 42. There is another day. No need to over-stress.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, very well delivered with a lot of personal touches from facilitators. Keep promoting the workshop & thank you.”

“Very informative. I’ve never attended an evening like it.”

 

The great feedback and praise we have had from attendees is a testament to how well this event was received. The workshop has broken down the barriers and left attendees feeling confident that they could help should they find themselves in a situation where someone is struggling or in need of assistance.

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National Farmers' Union (NFU) South West (Workshop Host)

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