Every single one of us will experience tough times in our lives. Mental health problems can range from a low or sad period to a more serious depression, with a small number of people going on to experience severe mental health problems. Talking about your problems is proven to have a positive impact on how you feel.
The following information will link you with trained professionals in your area.
Let’s Talk: Dealing with Stress
Farmers face increasing challenges with falling incomes, higher costs, increased regulations, unpredictable weather, isolation and long working hours. Learn how to recognise symptoms of stress, identify the causes and take steps to reduce and manage it. By doing these three things you will improve your quality of life and make your farm a safer place.
YourMentalHealth.ie is a place to learn about mental health and how to support yourself and the people you love. You can find support services near you, and learn about the #littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel. Brought to you by the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and partner organisations across the country.
If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned about a family member or friend call:
IFA Pieta House Mind Our Farm Families phone line & couselling service
The Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. The high rate of suicide, particularly among men in rural areas, is the driving force behind IFA’s involvement in setting up this dedicated service.
Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service by Pieta House
This service is currently available to anyone who needs it in these areas:
– County Galway
– Counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary
– Counties Sligo and Leitrim
The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service can be reached on 1800 247 247. It provides practical support, information and signposting to anyone who has recently been bereaved by suicide by connecting or visiting with them promptly. Anyone affected by suicide is welcome to make contact with this service for support, or to learn about what services might be available to them in the area.
The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer can meet with bereaved individuals or families (at their request) as a group or individually.
Often those bereaved may have specific questions about some of the difficult practical issues following a death by suicide. They may want guidance or assistance in accessing a therapeutic service, or even just to talk with someone locally, about what has happened. In some cases, there may be a specific concern about the reactions and emotions family members or the wider community, are experiencing.
Coping with the Pressures of Farming
This publication by Teagasc has been researched and collated to address the many and varied issues that contribute to stress when not properly handled.
Counselling for childhood abuse or neglect
Connect is a free telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. You can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor who can listen or help with questions you have. To speak to a counsellor call freephone: 1800 477 477 or click here to learn more.