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NFU Scotland is Asking Farmers Not to Wrap Up this Christmas

NFUS, RSABI, and the Scottish Government are promoting a joint rural mental health campaign telling farmers, ‘Don’t Wrap Up’ this Christmas.

The campaign is looking to highlight mental health rates in rural Scotland, what the signs of mental illness can be and the different ways to offer support.

Christmas in particular can be a hard time of year for many farmers, with the cold weather, short days, seeing everyone else get time off while they still have to work, it can all add up.

That is why the ‘Don’t Wrap Up’ campaign is asking farmers, and those close to them, who might be suffering to open up and speak about their problems, a trouble shared is a trouble halved.

Throughout the week 18 – 22 December, NFUS, RSABI, the Scottish Government and other farming groups will be sharing and re-sharing different social media content to get the word out on where someone can go if they do need help this winter.

NFU Scotland Vice President Gary Mitchell is backing the campaign, he said: “Depending on your circumstances, any time of the year can be hard but in farming and agriculture, there are a number of factors that can present a risk to mental health at the year end.

“A bad autumn and winter can have long-lasting effects to a farm’s success, not to mention the other financial costs associated with Christmas. It can often be hard to see many people take time off at Christmas when you do a job that requires you to be there every day of the year, sometimes in the biting cold or pouring rain.

“If you think someone close to you may hurt themselves, you must speak to them straight away and ask them directly. Asking them directly if they need help can only make things better.

“Often an initial offer of support can make the world of difference. Seeking support from one of the many organisations out there who can offer professional advice can help you both deal with the issue in a supportive way.”

Notes to the Editor

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Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4108

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 184/17


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