Three West Wales farming charities will be hosting a conference about the practical assistance they offer on Monday October 29 at the Carmarthen Livestock Centre Café. 1 IN 4 FARMERS will inform anyone associated with agriculture about the charitable help available to farming families in times of need.
Problems can arise from financial and emotional pressures, mental or physical health concerns. Farming is said not only to have the highest suicide rate of any industry but evidence also suggests that one in four farmers struggles with mental health, paying household bills, as well as other everyday matters.
By working together, the three charities can provide the assistance that is needed to get farmers, farmworkers and their families through tough times until they find their feet again.
Chairing 1 IN 4 FARMERS will be Dafydd Jones, Wales YFC Chair and guest speaker is Alun Elidyr, farmer and S4C Ffermio TV presenter. Alun has recently spoken out about his own mental health issues.
The conference arose in response to the increasing difficulties experienced by farmers following the extreme weather conditions of the last 12 months. Adding pressure along with the weather is the uncertainty of Brexit which is a major concern for many farmers.
1 IN 4 FARMERS will highlight the wide range of assistance that is available to the farming community in West Wales.
All farming people are welcome, including representatives from local agricultural suppliers, businesses and other care or community organisations linked to the industry, who play such an important role in raising awareness.
The conference starts at 10am and will end with lunch at 1pm.
Linda Jones, R.A.B.I’s regional manager for Wales, said: “Farmers are proud people and we can all do our bit to start conversations, share worries and recognise that there is no shame in asking for help. This conference is not only for farmers and farmworkers themselves but also for anyone who has an opportunity to spread the word about the help that is out there.”
Emma Picton-Jones, from the DPJ Foundation, said: “It’s great to see that people from the agricultural industry are starting to stand up and take note of the issue of mental health in the sector. With the continued struggles and upcoming uncertainty, it’s vital that we all take a role in supporting people in our community and understanding what help is available.”
Gareth Davies, from Tir Dewi, added: “Tir Dewi aims to support farmers with whatever problem they have, either directly or by working with others such as RABI and the DPJ Foundation. Our volunteers have supported over 140 farmers with a huge variety of problems. We understand farming and will do all we can to help you find your solution.”
The three charities are grateful to HSBC UK for supporting this event.
Places at this conference are limited, but if you would like to attend, please get in touch with Linda Jones to register, either by phoning 01559 364850 or 07557 363016, or by email, Linda.Jones@rabi.org.uk