YANA Press Release

The Farming and Rural Communities supporting their own

Dr Alys Cole-King, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist,Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board/Clinical Director Connecting with People.

Jo Hoey – The YANA Project

Every day at Fram Farmers we see the benefits of the tight knit farming communities across the UK, but one of the harsh facts of farming, horticulture and rural trades is that the group is high risk of depression and suicide.  

For those in farming this is easily understood with some of the main issues being increasingly erratic weather patterns, animal diseases such as the recent bird flu, stresses with marketing produce, workplace isolation, lack of respite, increasing regulation, poor financial returns (a recent study shows the farmers’ average income is under £20k) and no doubt uncertainty with Brexit is yet another factor as well as an historical reluctance to discuss mental health.  

Between 2006 and 2015 Public Health Norfolk recorded 35 deaths by suicide from this cohort – nearly twice the rate for the general population. Currently, the rates for farmers taking their own lives is 1.7 times higher than that of most other industries. With concerns, focusing on access to firearms and chemicals, there is an urgent need to ‘look out for one another’.     It was one such farming tragedy that prompted a Norfolk Charity to launch The YANA (You Are Not Alone) Project in 2008.  Jo Hoey from YANA explained that the website and informative leaflets describe the symptoms of depression and action to take whilst YANA’s presence at every agricultural event in Norfolk and Suffolk throughout the year has successfully raised the profile of mental health, highlighting that it is ‘ok not to feel ok’ and encouraging those who are suffering from depression, stress or anxiety to visit their GP promptly or contact the YANA confidential helpline.  The Project can fund up to six sessions of counselling either via its helpline or a patient’s GP and can put that in place within days – a real lifeline when waiting lists for counselling with the NHS can be months.

The higher suicide rate is related to those in farming having ready access to the means, but people should not be afraid to intervene if they are concerned about a friend, colleagues or even a stranger.  Suicidal thoughts usually start because people feel overwhelmed by their problems or situation, usually there is not a single cause. This can happen to anyone, and does not necessarily mean they want to end their life. It is just that they cannot cope with their emotional painany more. Asking if someone is ‘OK’ may be the first step in saving their life.  Showing your concern, staying with the person and persuading them to seek support could save someone’s life.

The on-line resource ‘Staying Safe’ includes suggestions where someone in distress can find supportwww.connectingwithpeople.org/StayingSafe

Whilst The YANA Project works throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, it has good links to similar organisations across the UK.  At a time when the NHS is experiencing enormous pressures it is good to know that the farming and rural communities are reaching out and supporting their own.  If you are struggling, seeking help is not a sign of weakness - it may be the bravest thing you ever do, and might even save your life.

 

Common symptoms of stress and depression

·        Low Mood (sadness, frequently tearful or unable to cry)

·        Anxiety (worrying obsessively or disproportionately)

·        Changes in appetite

·        Disturbed sleep patterns

·        Lack of energy/feeling tired

·        Reliance on alcohol

·        Lack of interest in family and friends

·        Unable to enjoy hobbies as before

·        Loss of sex drive

·        Confused thinking a poor concentration

·        A change in personality (e.g. uncharacteristic aggress

·        Negative thoughts


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Posted:
12/04/2018
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Fram Farmers have now attained MINDFUL EMPLOYER status

At Fram Farmers we recognise that Mental Health remains a difficult area for many people to discuss but it’s very important to us that we encourage our employees to be as open and comfortable as they can talking about these issues with their Manager. 

Fram Farmers have now attained MINDFUL EMPLOYER status by signing up to a charter for employers who are positive in their approach to mental health issues.  This initiative gives our Managers access to information, practical support, training and networks to help them develop a full awareness of Mental Health issues and be able to support their teams in whichever way they can or give them guidance in any next steps that may be required.

Fram Farmers have also signed up to MINDFUL EMPLOYER PLUS which gives our employees access to a 24/7 independent and completely confidential staff helpline offering support for whatever life throws at them.

The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health is a voluntary agreement seeking to support employers in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

A wide range of employers from all over the UK are involved in the initiative which gives businesses and organisations easier access to information, practical support, training, networks and assistance from other employers.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a UK-wide initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. More information atwww.mindfulemployer.net Posted:
19/03/2018
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Fram Farmers have now attained MINDFUUL EMPLOYER status

Fram Farmers have now attained MINDFUL EMPLOYER status by signing up to a charter for employers who are positive in their approach to mental health issues.  This initiative gives our Managers access to information, practical support, training and networks to help them develop a full awareness of Mental Health issues and be able to support their teams in whichever way they can or give them guidance in any next steps that may be required. 

Fram Farmers have also signed up to MINDFUL EMPLOYER PLUS which gives our employees access to a 24/7 independent and completely confidential staff helpline offering support for whatever life throws at them.

The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health is a voluntary agreement seeking to support employers in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff. 

A wide range of employers from all over the UK are involved in the initiative which gives businesses and organisations easier access to information, practical support, training, networks and assistance from other employers.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a UK-wide initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. More information at www.mindfulemployer.net

 

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19/03/2018
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Fram Farmers Members benefit from new Business Manager Features

 

As part of our forthcoming Business Manager software release, due January 2018, members of Fram Farmers will be able to easily input their monthly e-statement into the program. 

Over the last few months Fram Farmers have been working with our development team, here at Farmplan, to create and test a new feature for Business Manager, designed to help streamline accounts management.

Ian Caley, Group Accountant at Fram Farmers says, “Until eighteen months ago all Fram Farmers Members received paper statements, which was a costly and laborious process for both parties. To improve efficiency, we subsequently developed a process whereby those Members who wanted to receive statements and invoices by email could do so. We now have over 50 per cent of our Membership taking up this option of receiving their monthly statements only in an electronic format. This process was taken a stage further by adding a csv file version of the statement. This csv file contains all the information we capture from the invoices thus enabling Members to upload directly into farm accounts software.

Our simplified accounting procedures already provide Members with real savings in terms of time and money. This new benefit is simply the next step in improving our processes and enabling our Members to continue to save time and effort whilst managing their accounts records.

I am delighted to advise that the testing, which has been carried out with a group of about 40 Members over the last three months, has been very successful. From October our Members began receiving their monthly e-mailed statement together with a csv file version.”

Sally Ashwell, Farmplan Product Coordinator adds, “It’s this new csv file which users of Business Manager can then import straight in to the software. In just a few clicks you can view all invoice information helping to make accounts management easier.

We’re delighted to be working with Fram Farmers on this project as it will bring additional time saving and potentially financial benefits to both Farmplan and Fram Farmers customers.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Business Manager software please call 01594 545000 or click below and a member of the team will be in touch to arrange your free software demonstration.

Posted:
04/12/2017
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