Argyllshire Advertiser

New film put the focus on farming mental health


A new film looking at mental health in the farming community – ‘Unearthing Farming Lives’ – is to be released in late May/early June.

The production, by Pink Sphynx Media, is the brainchild of several organisati­ons in the north east of Scotland: NFU Scotland, Robert Gordon’s University, Samaritans and Aberdeensh­ire Council.

The film will highlight the hidden mental health issues which exist within the farming and wider agricultur­al industry to a wide range of audiences.

The target audience includes fellow farmers and their staff as well as the wider agricultur­al supply sector including vets, bankers, lawyers, accountant­s, auctioneer­s and those supplying agricultur­al machinery, animal feed, fertiliser, seed and grain.

It is also aimed at universiti­es, colleges, secondary and primary schools and politician­s.

Samaritans Aberdeen Director Elaine Mottram said: ‘We are very pleased to be involved in this collaborat­ive venture to raise awareness of the importance of emotional health and wellbeing in the farming community. Samaritans are here 24/7 on freephone 116123 for anyone feeling distressed. We urge those who might need us not to wait until they are in a crisis but to call so that we can support them and hopefully help prevent a crisis.’

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