New research, which will be undertaken in the Highlands and Shetland, will explore which interventions can best support the mental health and wellbeing of people in Scotland’s farming and crofting communities.
Led by the University of Stirling and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the study will explore the preferences of farming and crofting people and at the same time establish their views, up-take and acceptability of two possible interventions.
One outcome will deliver emotional and social support – including financial advice – and the other will be an online psychological therapy, which has been specifically developed for the farming and crofting community.
Four fifths of farmers under the age of 40 consider mental health to be the biggest hidden problem facing the agricultural community.
Depression in farmers is increasing and suicide rates are among the highest in any occupational group. It is currently…