Carmichael backs new survey on farmer wellbeing


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the launch this week of a survey intended to better understand the needs and concerns of Scotland’s farmers and crofters, with the view of introducing a new wellbeing programme. The survey, organised by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and others, aims to assist in the creation of a similar project to Farmstrong, a wellbeing programme in New Zealand that helps farmers to 'live well, to farm well'.

The research aims to understand what type of activities and resources would best support farmers and how they should be delivered. Participating in the survey is anonymous, takes less than ten minutes and will be open to farmers until the end of May.

Mr Carmichael said:

“The launch of this survey on farmer wellbeing is welcome and timely. I would strongly recommend that anyone working in agriculture – whether you feel that you are struggling with wellbeing issues or not – take a few minutes to participate in the questionnaire.

“Mental health and other wellbeing matters have come to the fore in recent years as we have responded to the difficulties and side effects of the pandemic. It is worth remembering, however, that farmers have long been known to have significant wellbeing challenges relative to other professions. The best way to counter these challenges is to better understand them and to learn from one another. I hope that this can be the start of a better system for supporting farmer wellbeing.”

Kate Lamont, from SRUC said:

“The survey has been designed by farmers, for farmers. You can answer on your phone, tablet, computer or you can get a paper copy.

"It would be really good to hear how you cope and what you think would help others.”


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