For the first time the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Rural Support are coming together to host a half day conference to highlight how the current difficulties have an impact on farmers health and wellbeing.
It will highlight some of the work already being done to address these issues and significantly it will also detail the potential for growth and prosperity within the industry.
Yvonne Carson, Senior Health Promotion Officer for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, said: “Farming has always endured challenges and will probably continue to do. It is often said that farmers are resilient, independent and self-sufficient and whilst we know there are opportunities just around the corner we need to be able to support our farmers in times of hardship and difficulty.”
The farming industry is currently facing challenging times. Last year’s poor weather, this year’s late spring coupled with fodder shortages and cash flow problems have compounded some of the existing stressors farmers already experience.
The flagship event is therefore aimed at a wide audience including policy makers, politicians, farmers, industry leaders and organisations, agri-professionals, banks and health care professionals. By bringing together a range of delegates the conference will examine how partnerships can be formed to achieve positive health outcomes and a vibrant, sustainable rural community.
Jude McCann, Development Director of Rural Support, added: “Promoting positive mental health is everyone’s business and everyone has a role to play no matter how small.”
A range of key speakers within agriculture and the health service will address the conference with opening remarks by Ministers Edwin Poots and Michelle O’Neill.
The compere will be Richard Wright Agriculture Journalist with presentations from a range of speakers including; Dr Brian Hunter and Yvonne Carson – Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Alan Gibson - Moy Park, Ian Marshall - UFU and Jude McCann - Rural Support.
Rural Support will be showing the first viewing of a range of short films entitled ‘Giving Voice to Rural Issues’.
The Farm Families Health Check screening van will be in attendance and available to carry out health checks.
If you or a representative would like to attend this on Thursday, November 7 from 9.30am to 1.15pm in the Conference Hall at Greenmount College, Antrim please book your free place by contacting Jeni on 028 2563 5575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Places are limited so it is advised to book early. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.