Gareth Wyn Jones, a sheep and beef farmer from Llanfairfechan, Wales, has taken on the ’25 push-up challenge’ in aid of R.A.B.I, FCN, the DPJ Foundation and Yellow Wellies.
The challenge invites people to complete 25 push-ups in 25 days and nominate others to do the same to help raise awareness of mental health issues. It bloomed into popularity on social media at the start of the UK lockdown as a way to continue to break the taboo about mental health.
“It’s a strange time, there’s a lot of stress and strain,” Gareth said. “It’s been a rollercoaster for many people. In this industry, you have no idea how much your produce will sell for six months down the line. That causes a lot of stress.
“I’m a big believer in the need to be more open about mental health. The more we do to lessen the taboo, the easier it is for people to talk.”
In 2014, Gareth published an autobiography titled ‘The Hill Farmer’ about his life on the farm with wife Rhian and their three children. Since then, he’s appeared on TV and radio to promote farming issues and support the community. He recently appeared on BBC Countryfile.
Gareth was nominated to do the challenge by a friend and decided to raise awareness about charities that support the mental wellbeing of farmers. He said: “It’s a bit of fun, but also shares an important message.
“We can all do our bit to help each other. I feel lucky that I have a beautiful wife and three healthy children. What I do is what I love, but I think if I can help someone else then I should try.”