Mental health in farming: where next?

Mental health is something we all possess. When it is good, we have a sense of purpose and direction and feel that we can cope with whatever life (and work) throws at us. However, we all have tough times too, when we feel low, stressed or frightened. Usually, those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into more complex, longer-term mental health conditions.

In the agriculture sector, poor mental health is one of the biggest threats to the industry and the Coronavirus pandemic has certainly tested and provided more challenges than ever before. Raising awareness of potential mental health issues is part of fostering an inclusive workplace, where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.

In this webinar we discuss how we can raise awareness of mental health for those working in and with the agriculture and horticulture sectors. Guest speaker Aarun Naik speaks about his Nuffield research on achieving change in attitudes towards mental health, and we also hear from farmer Will Evans who shares his personal experience of struggling with poor mental health and the importance of viewing mental health in the same light as your physical health.

The webinar will cover:
• Charities and support for mental wellbeing in farming
• A farmer’s first-hand experience with tackling his own mental health
• The importance of removing the stigma associated with mental health struggles
• The solution – where do we go next?

For links to all the support organisations mentioned in the video, visit

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance. Established in 2008 and classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. AHDB’s remit covers 72 per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be found at


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