Raising awareness of mental health

Mind Your Head – raising awareness of mental health

This week HSE is supporting the Mind Your Head campaign to raise awareness of mental health in the farming sector.

 

The campaign focuses on prevention and early identification of the potential risks for those living and working in farming in the UK.

According to research carried out by the Farm Safety Foundation, 88% of farmers under 40 now rate poor mental health as the biggest hidden issue faced by farmers (an increase from 81% in 2018).

The UK-wide survey of 450 young farmers also revealed that 89% believe that talking about the issue will remove the stigma attached to it.

Wayne Owen, Acting HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety in the Agriculture team commented: “HSE is encouraging farmers and those living and working in agriculture across the country to take care of their mental health and wellbeing.

“Work-related stress across Great Britain accounts for over half (57%) of all working days lost to ill-health and we’re supporting the Mind Your Head campaign to encourage managers to use our toolkit and hold initial conversations with employees as one of part of an employer’s journey towards preventing work-related stress.”

Find out how to start the conversation around work-related stress by downloading our Talking Toolkit, which is available at the HSE website.

Visit the Mind Your Head website for more information on the campaign.

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