Lee takes over AHDB Pork’s Twitter to discuss mental health

Mental health campaigner Lee Thompson took over AHDB Pork’s Twitter feed as part of Yellow Wellies’ #MindYourHead week.

Lee, who recently joined Harbro, won the 2020 National Pig Awards Special Achievement Award for his work in encouraging people to talk about their mental health through his ‘Flat White Chats’ podcast.

On encouraging people to talk, Lee, a prominent YNPA member, said: “Pick up the phone to that mate you’ve been meaning to call for the last couple of months. Send a text to check in with that friend who’s been isolated during lockdown. Schedule a FaceTime call for a beer & catch up after work

“Once someone is taking that first step, it’s most definitely the most important. Obviously during this time that we’re in it’s very strange and difficult and we miss out on a lot of social interaction.”

Throughout the day, Lee posted a number of videos highlighting some of his ‘top tips':

Support for the farming industry

At this particularly difficult time for the pig sector, it is worth remembering there is a lot of support out there for farming people and their families.

As part of farming charity RABI’s long term objective to be able to support farmer wellbeing with targeted services in the future, it recently launched an online mental wellbeing site for farming people (Kooth/Qwell), which can be viewed here: www.rabi.org.uk/kooth

RABI help

RABI said it has received a great number of responses to its recently-launched Big Farming Survey so far but it is keen to maintain momentum up until the deadline of March 31. It wants to receive 26,000 responses to the largest survey of its type to help paint a true picture of the state of mental and physical wellbeing within the industry and to help shape its future services.

The online survey is available here: www.rabi.org.uk/BigFarmingSurvey

Key contacts

If you or any of your staff are struggling, please consider contacting any of the following support organisations, some of which are dedicated to helping the farming and rural communities:

The Farming Community Network (FCN)

Website:                                  www.fcn.org.uk

Phone:                                      03000 111 999

You Are Not Alone (YANA)

Website:                                  www.yanahelp.org

National Directory Of Rural Support Groups

Phone:                                      0300 323 0400

Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN)

Website:                                  www.lrsn.co.uk

Phone:                                      0800 138 1710

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Website:                                  www.rabi.org.uk

Phone:                                      0808 281 9490

Samaritans

Website:                                  www.samaritans.org

Phone:                                      116 123

Mind

Website:                                  www.mind.org.uk

Phone:                                      0300 123 3393

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