‘I’m getting calls from farmers in the midnight engineers’ – farmers urged to seek help as tension increases

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    Farm leaders urged farmers to remember that they are not alone, as drought affects their mental health.
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Farm leaders urged farmers to remember that they are not alone, as drought affects their mental health.

The chair of the IKS development in rural Seamus Sherlock told independent cultures that he is getting calls from farmers on the “midnight engineers” in connection with the ongoing pressure that the drought brought.

“I get a call at 12 o’clock at night, and for a guy to be ringing at this time they should be in a certain place, and always at the end of their wits,” said he.

Mr Sherlock added that the main problems of the farmers, they fear they will be unable to pay their bills and they will have a shortage of fodder and silage for the winter.

“A large number of applications from elderly farmers who are always paid, even if they don’t earn a lot and the idea that they could not pay their bills, not good to sit with them and causes them severe stress,” he said.

“I’m afraid that if older farmers are talking about exiting cattle… that if they lose the will to farm, they will also lose the will to live. This is a very serious situation.”

In July, there were six deaths in farm accident that Mr. Sherlock feels this is an indication that farmers are under great mental stress.

Mr Sherlock urged farmers to remember that they are not alone, adding that they should go if they are struggling.

IFA family chair farm Caroline Farrell also reminded farmers that they should visit their local therapist for a consultation and talk to family and friends if they are struggling.

Director of Samaritans regional Cindy O’shea explained that farmers are seriously affected as a result of weather situation; she feels that this struggle can continue in the winter when farmers have to pay the loan back to their local cooperatives.

“Farmers are really struggling at the moment, and in autumn they can be even more vulnerable when the financial reality hits home,” she said.

“The drought on top of the fodder crisis, so farmers could not have the chance to get their sustainability and find it difficult to cope with.”

Miss O’shea says that stigma still exists among older male farmers, when it comes to talking about my feelings and she encouraged them to make efforts to talk and to meet with such places as showcases as much as possible.

“A common problem, reduce it by half; You don’t have to suffer from your own. Go to the window or in areas where other farmers. Call the Samaritans, just don’t close yourself,” she added.

Farm insurance Zurich agriculture the independent farmer of the year Peter Hynes has worked as an Ambassador in Zurich to resolve your feelings of campaigns and applications. He encouraged farmers to download the application or visit the counselor if they need help.

“I recently met a farmer who stopped me on the road for the conversation she asked how I coped with the mental pressure as he struggles with his own mental wellbeing,” he said.

“One of the easiest things we can do in life is speak, and yet it is so important. Sometimes I know it can seem daunting, but the relief when you open and share the problem, are enormous.”

Call the Samaritans on 116 123 if you need help.

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