Poor mental health linked to farm safety issues

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Poor mental health linked to farm safety issues

An unprecedented link has been established between poor mental health and safety on farms – Report.

It follows research showing that, on average, one farmer a week in the UK is taking their own life – the highest suicide rate among any occupation.

Farming also has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK.

A study by a leading farm charity has now found that 85% of young farmers believe there is a definite link between mental health and the overall safety of farms while 84% of farmers under 40 believe that mental health is the biggest danger facing farmers today.

On the back of the research, the Farm Safety Foundation will today launch its third annual Mind Your Head campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing farmers and the link between farm safety and mental health.

 

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