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The Resilient Farmer

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Following on from World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, when we on The Rural Team highlighted that 1 Framer a week dies by suicide, we continue to support and promote Mental Health within the Farming Community and found the below may be of interest. Even if it is not possible to attend the tour, there is a book also titled "The Resilient Farmer".

Rural Support is urging farmers and members of the farm family to attend one of the tour dates.
Doug Avery, AKA ‘The Resilient Farmer’ is a New Zealand farmer, who has received critical acclaim around the world for his unique approach to farming, the environment and mental health.
After years of spiralling debts, drought and depression, he has turned his 5,900 acre farm into one of New Zealand’s most successful farming enterprises, winning several awards on the way. Doug documented his experiences in a book, also titled “The Resilient Farmer”, which has sold over 18,000 copies worldwide.
Doug commented: “I will be sharing details of my experience and the journey to where I am now with the hope of inspiring members of the farming community to look at their own approach and to challenge and teach processes of building a more resilient mind. To embrace shift and view change as an opportunity, to see that it is our valleys that create our next journey to a peak and learn the tricks of managing the depths of our valleys.”
Jude McCann, Rural Support Chief Executive, said: “The timing of this tour could not be more apt. Farmers continue to face challenges in relation to finances and debt, poor market prices, rising costs, increasing workloads and the uncertainty of Brexit. No doubt these challenges have a toll on the mental and physical wellbeing of our farmers and farm families and indeed impact upon family relationships. I would encourage all farmers and their families to book their tickets for one of the upcoming talks, to ensure that you don’t miss out on hearing Doug’s story.’
The tour, titled “Shift Happens! An Audience with the Resilient Farmer”, has been organised by Rural Support and The Farming Community Network (FCN). It will be held at 12 locations across Northern Ireland, England and Wales from 30th September - 18th October. The nearest to Bedfordshire takes place in Peterborough on 30th September, 6:30pm at The
East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough. Full details www.resilientfarmertour.co.uk
 
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Giovanna Traetto-Reynolds (Police, PCSO, OPERATION SENTINEL RURAL TEAM)

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