Ahead of World Mental Health Day (Thursday, 10 October), the Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding farmers that help is available to them if they are suffering from poor mental health, or feeling suicidal.
World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health and this year’s Day is supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health.
Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Indeed, there are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting to take their own life.
Speaking from his farm in North Wales, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “These are difficult times we live in. Many farmers and those living in rural communities often find themselves working alone for most of the day or feel isolated. There are so many uncertainties, stresses, and worries, putting pressure on us that might leave us feeling that we can no longer cope.
“And as much as we encourage those not feeling so good to speak up and seek help, sometimes they feel they can’t. Sometimes the last thing they want to do is talk about the things that have them feeling the way they do.
“That’s why it’s important that we come together as a community, family, and friends. Suicides and suicide attempts affect us all in some way. But it is preventable.
“If you notice that a loved one is sad, not quite themselves or withdrawn - reach out to them. Ask them how they are feeling, listen to them, and reassure them that these feelings can be overcome. Together we can make progress in preventing suicides.
“So why not join us, on 10 October, in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.”
Organisations that offer help and support include:
DPJ Foundation: Call 0800 587 4262 or If talking on the phone isn’t your thing you can now text if you would like support Text 07860 048799
Samaritans: 116 123 or Welsh Language Line (Llinell Gymraeg): 0808 164 0123
FCN: 03000 111 999
RABI: 0808 281 9490
Tir Dewi: 0800 121 4722