Farmers can help with study

NFU Scotland and RSABI have joined forces to encourage farmers and those working in the agricultural industry to take part in a pilot study by University of Glasgow.

The study is aimed at those working within the agricultural industry in Scotland who suffer from low mood and/or anxiety, and would involve taking part in a short online course. If the pilot study is successful it could be made readily available to assist those in need of support.

Previous research has indicated that farmers may be particularly vulnerable to these difficulties and that they may not want to, or be able to access formal health care services for support.

Once individuals agree to take part in the study, they will be asked to complete an initial questionnaire to assess their current wellbeing. Participation will be fully confidential.

As a need to support those working in the agricultural industry has been identified, this study is being organised and funded by the Institute of Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow.

Allan Bowie, president of NFUS said: “Farmers can work in isolated areas and can often go days without speaking to someone. This can impact on health and wellbeing, particularly at this time of year, and it’s fantastic that tools are being researched to help improve accessibility to help for those within our industry, in an unobtrusive, confidential way.

“One in four people in Scotland will suffer from poor mental health at some point in their life. We know with the pressures that are currently facing our industry, and every sector, it can have a significant impact on how we feel and how we cope in the running of our businesses. I would encourage as many as possible to take part in this study if they fit the criteria, as it can only bode well for helping our industry to be the best it can be going forward, with suitable resources available, no matter where you are in Scotland.”

For more information about the study, or to take part, visit http://www.farmerstress.com or email info@farmerstress.com.