Free online mental heath and wellbeing event to support Devon farmers hit by coronavirus crisis

Online mental health support for farmers in Devon hit by the coronavirus crisis is taking place later this month.

A free online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community is being held on Friday, July 31, from 6pm until 8pm, organised by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards.

The virtual seminar will feature speakers from The Farm Community Network, The Yellow Wellies Campaign and The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support.

There will be an opportunity to ask the speakers and Trading Standards Officers questions, which can be done anonymously.

Those unable to attend the online event can watch it again on the Trading Standards YouTube page the following week.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the industry.

“To recognise this Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are working on several projects to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and to help publicise the support and guidance available to those who need it.”

Reserve your free place at the online event here, through the Eventbrite bookings page.

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