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Mental health first aid course for farmers and rural workers

Mental health first aid course for farmers and rural workers

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:25am 17th December 2019.

1 in 5 people in the UK will experience a problem with depression in their life.

But those who work in agriculture and other rural businesses are often the most reluctant to seek support

To help break the silence YANA, the Rural Mental Health Support charity is working in partnership with Breckland Council to provide 16 free places on a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. 

The course will run on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd January 2020 for people who work in rural and farming communities. 

The deadline to apply for one of sixteen free places is December 24th, so signing up as soon as possible is recommended. 

This MHFA course, which will be held at Broom Hall Country Hotel, Richmond Road, Saham Toney, near Thetford, will show how to recognise the crucial warning signs of mental ill health and build confidence to start conversations and steer someone to appropriate support.

Alison Webb, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Environment commented: 

"Farming is an important way of life for many members of our rural communities; however, it is very demanding, potentially stressful and isolating.

As the Council, we're committed to supporting our communities and we're delighted to be working with YANA to offer this training to people within our farming and rural communities.

This will ensure we will have MHFA-trained people in our countryside with the skills to recognise when colleagues or peers are in need and can help signpost them to the appropriate professional support."

Jo Hoey from YANA commented 

"Mental Health First Aid is an essential way for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress to find help.

Mental Health First Aiders are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.

This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.

Embedding MHFA training within any organisation or community also encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture for everyone".

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