Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post

Sunday afternoon has arrived and I’ve finally been able to sit down to settle into writing a blog post. I can’t quite believe how quickly this winter has been ticking along and although I’m quite far through my list of winter tasks on the farm the end isn’t quite in sight. Last week there wasContinue reading “Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post”

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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,Continue reading “Seasonal Affective Disorder”

‘Education on Mental health is essential when one farmer a week takes their own life’ – Guest post by Jerome Fielder

You don’t expect to receive a phone call telling you that one of your best friends has taken his own life. But in January 2016, I did. Like you’d expect, the news rocked me, and I didn’t know what to say or how to react, I felt helpless. Joe was one of my closest friendsContinue reading “‘Education on Mental health is essential when one farmer a week takes their own life’ – Guest post by Jerome Fielder”

Good to see #FarmerMentalHealth in the farming news again

Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know that a few months ago I profiled rural mental health, as part of a wider campaign to get people talking about the subject (#FarmerMentalHealth on twitter). I did this mainly to get the subject in the spotlight again after the conversation had dissipatedContinue reading “Good to see #FarmerMentalHealth in the farming news again”