Yesterday was Blue Monday, reputedly the most depressing day of the year. As you know mental health, particularly in a farming and countryside context, has been a topic that I keep returning to on thinkingcountry. It has gained a far bigger profile recently and more people seem to be talking about it than ever before, but there is always more that can be done to break the stigma and all we need to do is talk about it more to a greater number of people.
At this time of year in the more northern latitudes northern hemisphere, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a concern for many. As the days grow shorter and light scarcer it can impact on our mood. BetterHelp have produced this infographic which gives some more information about seasonal affective disorder. Whilst it quotes figures from the US it is relevant for people everywhere. You can find articles about a range of mental health issues and questions here.
Many thanks to the team at Better Help for sending me this infographic to publish on thinkingcountry. A reminder that you can engage with mental health in the farming community on twitter by searching for #FarmerMentalHealth. You could also consider making a donation to The Farming Community Network through their JustGiving Page. Alternatively, donate to Papyrus through their Just Giving Page.