Other – Positive Mental Health Support for the Farming Community – Teagasc

Other – Positive Mental Health Support for the Farming Community – Teagasc






Other – Positive Mental Health Support for the Farming Community – Teagasc








Recently a leaflet was published entitled ‘Sowing seeds of support: positive guidelines for mental health in the agricultural community’. This leaflet aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the agricultural sector.

Produced by Teagasc and Mental Health Ireland, the book explores a range of practical strategies to reduce stress, focusing on the importance of self-care, community connections and seeking professional help when needed.

Farming can be challenging due to issues such as drought, feed shortages and associated financial problems. There are many issues in farming that can cause stress and associated ill health and injuries. Research shows that there is a high level of satisfaction and quality of life associated with rural living. However, there can be individual circumstances that can lead to stress.

The ‘Total Health Model’ indicates that safety, health and mental health are interrelated and that these components should be promoted holistically.

Managing your health and safety should be considered a core part of farming. This means both identifying and implementing key actions to maintain both safety and health.

The leaflet defines stress, examines stress in an agricultural context and offers recommended coping strategies. The ‘five ways to achieve wellbeing’, together with useful support options, are also outlined.

For more information and support, click here for the leaflet ‘Sowing Seeds of Support: Positive Mental Health Guidance for the Agricultural Community’.