Staying well mentally is just as important as staying well physically. Dealing with stress and strain, the ups and downs of life are part and parcel of daily living. Sometimes such situations lead to greater stress and pressure resulting in feelings of being unable to cope. On such occasions being able to reach out to some one to talk to and get advice from, can make all the difference to sorting out the troubled situation or problem.
Our publication ‘Coping with the pressures of farming’ has been researched and collated to address the many and varied issues that contribute to stress when not properly handled.
Part 1 addresses the day-to-day management of farming and the essential requirements to manage farming effectively and efficiently.
Part 2 addresses mental health and wellbeing with an emphasis on the more common mental health issues that can impact on day-to-day living.
Objectives of this publication
• To promote positive mental health among isolated people living in rural areas including farmers and farm families.
• To encourage help seeking behaviours in terms of emotional well-being among isolated rural dwellers by increasing awareness of rural support services.
• To reduce financial stress by encouraging more efficient ways of managing resources.
• To improve community understanding of what mental health truly is and challenge the fears and stigma often associated with mental illness which can be barriers to seeking necessary professional help.
• To promote and encourage the development of social farming for the benefit of vulnerable citizens persons and their families.
A key theme throughout the book is how and where you can access “Further Information” either through direct contact with organisations, useful websites, help line numbers, and other publications.
If you are worried or concerned about yourself, a family member or friend call one of these support services or make contact with your family doctor. Even if you feel that you don’t need a number right now, save a selection of them to have handy on your phone or screen shot the relevant page. However a word ofrepeated caution is that the advice contained within is not a substitute for professional and or medical help.
We hope you derive a lot of benefit from this publication.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Johann Wolgang von Goethe
Finola Colgan, Area Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland
Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc