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The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) organises Farm Safety Week each year. The awareness week provides “an opportunity to come together as an industry and recognise those lost to, and impacted by, incidents on farms. Whether new to the industry or farming for years, we all have a role to play in improving the poor safety record that we can’t seem to shake.” Stephanie Berkeley, Manager of the Farm Safety Foundation.

At Mates in Mind, we believe that there is no health without mental health. Our research found that some health conditions (e.g., headaches or migraines, arthritis or joint pain, eye strain etc.) can contribute to an elevated risk of workplace accidents if they affect mood, concentration, coordination or vigilance. Therefore, in order to improve safety, both physical and mental health need to be considered and addressed if required. However, in agriculture, as with many of the sectors in which we work, there is often a perceived need to work through health conditions, e.g., because animals need to be looked after; crops planted, cared for and harvested etc. This is why we are working across agriculture to ensure all farmers, farm workers, employees and contractors are able to experience positive mental health in and through work.

This year, Farm Safety Week is running from Monday 22 to Friday 26 July, and we are encouraging our Supporters and everyone working in agriculture to start the conversation in order to improve mental health and save lives.

Why is Farm Safety Week important?

According to the HSE, in agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2022/23 [1]:

  • There were 21 fatal injuries to workers.
  • The fatal injuries rate is 8.6 per 100,000 workers. This is about 21 times the all industry rate.
  • There were an estimated 9,000 workers who reported sustaining a workplace non-fatal injury.
  • Around 3.7% of workers in the sector sustained a workplace non-fatal injury. This rate is statistically significantly higher than that for workers across all industries (1.5%).

In addition, the Farm Safety Foundation found that 95% of UK farmers under the age of 40, rank poor mental health as one of the biggest hidden problems facing the industry today [2].

Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees, including mental health/stress. Mental wellbeing also benefits the business, for example, increased productivity, a reduction in sickness and staff turnover, and it demonstrates that the organisation is a good, safe, and supportive place to work. Research has found that, on average, businesses achieve a £5 return for every £1 spent on wellbeing support [3].

Mental wellbeing in the workplace is also good for the employee, for example, improving confidence, purpose, achievement, positive relationships, and inclusion.

Resources

At Mates in Mind, we work with organisations to improve the mental health of their workforce by providing the skills, clarity, and confidence to employers on how to raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma that surrounds mental health.

This is why we have created a suite of resources to support organisations not only during Farm Safety Week, but also to build a supportive workplace culture which creates positive mental health in and through work.

Please click on the link below to download a free poster. 

Farm Safety Week 2024: Poster

We have created a toolbox talk for the agriculture sector which can be used by individuals, or across a workforce. To receive a copy of the document, please complete the request form at the bottom of this page.

Please also visit our Resources page where you can download additional free resources including a Spotting the Signs Infographic and a Stress Awareness Factsheet.

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Please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to be informed of when we publish new resources, blogs, events and so on. In the meantime, the first blog in our ‘How to optimise your mental wellbeing’ series, can be found:

Six tips to optimise your mental wellbeing

If the information on this page has resonated with you, and if you or someone you know needs help or support, you can speak to one of the many free, confidential support services below:

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How we can support you

Mates in Mind can support your organisation to build a mental health plan and to create a culture of prevention.

Our dedicated team of Support Managers work with organisations of any size to develop a tailored action plan, evaluating your organisation's priorities and gaps, and providing the tools and support you need.

This plan includes ongoing support with communication and delivery of your plan, as well as training opportunities, promotional materials, and a suite of tools (including awareness date resources) to enable you to drive long-lasting and meaningful change.

Find out more about how we can help your organisation build a culture of prevention when you become a Supporter by:

If you would like to know when we publish new resources, please complete the newsletter sign up at the bottom of this page.

References:

[1] Agriculture, forestry and fishing statistics in Great Britain, 2023 (hse.gov.uk)

[2] Virtually all young UK farmers worried about poor mental health (personneltoday.com)

[3] Mental health and employers: the case for investment - pandemic and beyond | Deloitte UK

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