Leading South West law firm Thrings is partnering with farmer and broadcaster Adam Henson to champion wellbeing and mental health in the farming sector through the Countryfile presenter’s podcast, Keeping on Track.
Created by Henson and Team Doctor, the podcast seeks to explore the different mental health challenges faced by many farmers. The aim is to encourage more communication within the farming sector, prevent people from suffering in silence and enable people to receive the support they need before it is too late.
Across the UK, as many as 92% of farmers under the age of 40 consider poor mental health to be the biggest problem facing farmers today according to surveys by the Farm Safety Foundation. Meanwhile, research by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has found that one-in-three farmers are possibly or probably experiencing depression.
As one of the country’s most prominent firms in agricultural law, ranked by both the prestigious Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories for its expertise, Thrings has served the farming community for more than a century, acting for clients on all areas from land, property and diversification projects, to succession planning and estate management.
Adam said, “We are delighted to be working with Thrings and welcome their genuine commitment to support the Keeping on Track podcast and wellbeing in the farming sector.
“The drive to create a resource that can alleviate some of the problems farmers face with mental illness across the country came after I lost a close friend to suicide. If this podcast can help even just a single person not to suffer in silence and get the support they need before it is too late, it will be a complete success.”
Duncan Sigournay, Thrings’ Head of Agriculture, added, “Mental health in the farming community is an issue that has, for too long, flown under the radar, with farmers and working professionals failing to get the support they need, sometimes with tragic consequences. Through initiatives like Keeping on Track, we hope to start to see the tide turn.
“As both a talented broadcaster and experienced farmer, Adam has developed a widely-respected reputation within the rural community and we are proud to support him in making a difference in such a way that has the potential to help so many people.”
Thrings’ Agriculture team is one of the largest of its kind in the UK with decades of experience in successfully supporting its farming and landowner clients to achieve their aims and the potential for their business. The firm has also been chosen by the NFU to act for its members in more countries than any other practice.
Find out more about how we can support farmers, food producers and rural communities on the Thrings Information for Farmers page.
Pictured above: Adam Henson (right) with Thrings Head of Agriculture, Duncan Sigournay