Retiring vice’s message
NFU Scotland’s retiring vice president Gary Mitchell has used the Union’s blog to highlight that the support and unity provided by an organisation like NFU Scotland are a vital tonic to the many challenges faced by Scotland’s farmers and crofters.
In his session at the AGM, Gary was due to discuss more fully his reasons why he decided not to stand for vice president, the impact that a challenging year in 2018 had on him personally and the value he got from the extensive network of friends across all sectors and all parts of Scotland established over the past decade at NFUS.
Gary wrote in his blog: “It’s very valuable if you have a person you can phone outside your area or local circle, where you can seek independent advice or even talk about an issue you are struggling with. “To have a willing, listening ear at the other end of the phone is invaluable.
“In my time as milk chairman, through the crisis in 2012, I received many calls from farmers with many concerns and sometimes a listening ear was all that was required. It is so important to talk. Good mental health relies on it. We naturally want to feel part of our society or industry, and we all struggle at times with the fear of failure.
“The two days I spent at the NFU Scotland AGM, conference and dinner each year was a tonic for my mental health which was badly needed. I found 2018 a very difficult year for various reasons and, at this year’s NFUS AGM, I will be sharing some of my experiences at a personal level on how I arrived at my decision not to stand for vice president this year.”
For those attending, Gary promised that his talk would be interactive and all delegates would require a mobile phone. All will be revealed.