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Helping farmers health & well-being

As part of Ag mental health week Conor Hammersley Teagasc PhD Walsh scholar joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the findings of his study as part of the ‘On Feirm Ground’ project. 

Irish male farmers experience some of the highest levels of adverse health outcomes relative to other occupations and Conor highlights how his recent study throws new light on male farmers’ health seeking behaviour.

Farmers tend to prioritise farm work and the health of their animals over their own health and safety and Conor describes how this can be overcome. There are many challenges and stressors facing farmers on a daily basis, but he says, the act of seeking help poses particular challenges for farmers as most problems encountered are universal.

Conor offers some advice for farmers listening or anyone concerned about a family member.

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