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Securing Farmer Wellbeing: Supporting the Social Sustainability of Farming


  • Prof David Christine Rose, Reading University, will present the results of a recently completed study entitled: ‘Landscapes of support for farming mental health in the UK’: Dr David Rose (presentation)
  • "Theatre: A unique educational approach to farm health, safety, and wellbeing training for farmers" by Dr Sinéad Flannery: Dr Sinead Flannary
  • "Weather, Workload and Money: Determining and evaluating sources of stress for farmers in Ireland" by Dr Mary Brennan et al: Dr Mary Brennan - Teagasc-UCC
  • "Snapshots of Farmer Wellbeing from the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme" by Ms Diana Van Doorn: Diana Van Doorn - Teagasc-SETU
  • "Mental Health Help-seeking in Irish Farmers" by Dr Anna Donnla O’Hagan et al: Donnla O'Hagan DCU
  • "On FeirmGround’ – Supporting Farmer Well-being" by Mr Conor Hammersley: Conor Hammersley - Teagasc-SETU
  • "Farmers and their wellbeing during Irelands COVID-19 crisis" by Mr Alexis O’Reilly et al: Alexis O'Reilly - Teagasc- Maynooth Uni
  • "An Investigation into the Relationship Between Social Support, Stress and Psychological Well-Being in Farmers" by Ms Avril Deegan and Dr Simon Dunne: Avril Deegan - DCU
  • "Dying to Farm: Developing a Suicide Prevention Intervention for Farmers in Ireland" Dr Anne Markey et al: Anne Markey UCD


Speakers at the Teagasc BeSafe Seminar on Farmer Wellbeing

From Right to Left: Dr Sinead Flannery, Prof David Rose, Dr Donnla O’Hagan, Dr David Meredith, Mr Alexis O’Reilly, Dr Mary Brennan, Ms Avril Deegan, Mr Conor Hammersley, (Missing – Dr Anne Markey)

Photo Credit: Mr Pat Griffin, Health and Safety Authority

BeSafe International Seminar

BeSafe Seminar


Towards a better understanding of farm safety and farmer health 

Ashtown, Dublin 15. January 31st 

Globally, accidents and fatalities are a persistent feature of farming occupations. In Ireland farming is the most dangerous occupation and accounts for the largest number of work-place fatalities annually. A variety of public and private initiatives have been developed and implemented with the objective of reducing the risks to farm families and workers. This workshop, organised as part of the Behaviours for Safe Farming (BeSAFE) project, brings together researchers, policy stakeholders and knowledge transfer specialists to outline recent and on-going research assessing and evaluating these initiatives. The objective of the workshop is to identify areas for collaboration on on-going or new research by highlighting issues that need to be taken into consideration by stakeholders concerned with farm safety.Whilst the workshop focuses on providing an overview of recent and on-going intra-disciplinary research and collaboration between research and knowledge transfer specialists, key international speakers will provide insights from research in the UK. Prof. Sally Shortall (Newcastle University) will outline the importance of understanding the wider socio-cultural context of safety and Ms. Ilinca Tone (University of Aberdeen) on the use of and effectiveness of tools to assist farmers assess the relative safety of workplace tasks.


10.00: Welcome

10.10: Scene setting: Overview of farm safety in Ireland - David Meredith (Behaviours for Safer Farming); Francis Bligh(Safe Scene). 

10.20: Prof. Sally Shortall, Newcastle University: Normalising danger on the farm within the farm family. normalisation of danger

10.50: Ms Ilinca Tone, Aberdeen University: Improving farm safety, one task at a time. Presentation2

11.15: Ms Diana von Doorn, Carlow Institute of Technology and Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme: Understanding the health status of farmers in Ireland.Farmers have hearts

11.35: Break

11.45: Ms Niamh Woods, University College Dublin and Teagasc Livestock Research Programme: Human – Animal Relations, a key to safety.Ms Niamh Woods

12.00: Round table – Chaired by John McNamara:

Overview of recent and on-going research in Ireland and internationally

13.45: Group discussion: Supporting wellbeing within the farming community

Potential themes: Farm safety, behaviours, health, wellbeing, services, supports, initiatives

15: Feedback, key issues and wrap-up