- Explore how to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe working
environment when engaging with farmers on health issues.
- Consider the rationale for having a specific focus on farmers’ health,
including the unique challenges and stresses associated with
different demographic groups of farmers.
- Reflect on how farming identity and farming masculinities influence the
values and attitudes that farmers develop in relation to their health and,
in turn, shape farmers’ health behaviours and health outcomes.
- Offer participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own
personal talents and shortcomings in engaging with and
supporting farmers on health issues.
- Equip participants with practical tips to recognise signs of
distress in farmers and to support farmers’ mental health.
- Provide participants with practical tips to engage with and signpost
farmers who may be in distress to appropriate support services.
- Explore advisors’ role in normalising health conversations and
mainstreaming a health promotion focus into routine extension
activities, including farm discussion groups.
On Feirm Ground
Aim of Workshop
To equip frontline agricultural advisors with the knowledge, skills and competencies to engage, support, and signpost farmers on health issues and to mainstream a health promotion focus into routine farming extension activities.
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I suppose doing ‘On Feirm Ground’, it helped me to see that poor health can be very common across the client base. I think it can be hard to try to help someone that is under pressure but with this training it has helped me in ways of addressing these types of situations Really it has raised awareness of what we can do to help farmers and where we can also look for help for them if they require it.
The ‘On Feirm Ground’ programme definitely made me more aware to monitor farmers well being and to encourage them to seek help.
After taking part in ‘On Feirm Ground’, when going out on the farm I feel more confident when harder and more personal subjects are bought up by the farmer. I know the right questions to ask and what signs to look for instead of not knowing what to say to try and help the situation. Having this knowledge is a great advantage as you are never worried going into a farm of not knowing what to say or not saying the correct thing and making the situation worse.
‘On Feirm Ground’ has improved my understanding of how Agricultural Advisors can more effectively engage in supportive communications with farmers
I thought the ‘On Feirm Ground’ training was very good, I am much more aware of how to spot the signs of someone in distress, and comfortable enough in opening the conversation with most of my clients. The EARS approach is very effective.
Since ‘partaking in the On Feirm Ground’ training, I have tried to be more open to talking to farmers about issues they may have physically or mentally and encourage them to get help they needed if it is not already sought.