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New farm safety booklet will be valuable aid to help local farmers deal with pressures of job

Guidance: Bryan Monson
Guidance: Bryan Monson

By Mark McConville

Farmers in Northern Ireland have been urged to use new guidance to help them cope with the stresses of farming as Farm Safety Week takes place.

The booklet - Coping With The Pressures Of Farming - aims to offer the farming community help and assistance in relation to their health and wellbeing and coping with the everyday pressures of running a farm.

It was launched at this year's Balmoral Show by Rural Support and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

The HSENI stressed that staying well mentally is just as important as physical wellbeing for farmers. Bryan Monson, HSENI deputy chief executive, yesterday said: "It is important to realise that how farmers deal with pressures and stress can affect their ability to farm safely and remain healthy.

"Yet because farming is such a busy occupation, it's often the last thing on their mind.

"Farmers are good at looking after their land and livestock, they fix and maintain equipment, improve and enhance their farms, but often forget to look after the farm's greatest asset - themselves."

He added: "This booklet is designed to provide practical help and guidance on dealing with the pressures which are often encountered, and signpost to sources of help and advice."

The booklet is available to download at www.hseni.gov.uk. There is also a Rural Support phone helpline on 0800 138 1678.

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