Supporting farming communities at times of uncertainty

Location: Wales

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Farmers and those living in rural communities in Wales are facing a period of significant uncertainty, in the short to medium term, with a potential negative impact on their mental health and well-being. In such times, efforts to address the underlying causes of anxiety and distress, and support mental health and well-being should be intensified.

The aim of this research programme was to develop a framework to support the mental health and well-being of farmers at times of uncertainty, and consider how it could be translated into action.

To inform the framework, we combined an evidence review of the international literature from the past ten years, with the collective views of 45 stakeholders from across the farming sector in Wales

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Key findings

Improving the mental health and well-being of farmers and their families is of considerable importance, enhancing the resilience needed to manage and overcome uncertainty. A preventative approach is required that includes:

  • preventing uncertainty and the challenges from adversity
  • protecting against the potential impact of those challenges on mental health and well-being
  • promoting mental health and well-being amongst farmers and farming communities to strengthen resilience.

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