Published onFebruary 19 2021
Breaking down barriers around mental health and wellbeing is a challenge the land-based industry faces more than most, predominantly due to the isolated nature and stresses of day-to-day jobs.
According to research from the Farm Safety Foundation, 88% of farmers under the age of 40 now rate poor mental health as the biggest hidden problem faced by farmers today, up from 81% in 2018.
However, the long-held stigma surrounding mental health is being tackled with several positive initiatives, with the issue recently highlighted in the BBC’s popular programme Countryfile.
Lantra is acutely aware of the increased risk factors individuals face in the industry, so over the past six months, has been working with Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to train Lantra Instructors to be able to deliver national recognised training.
The online instructor-led course will help develop crucial skills such as recognising warning signs in co-workers and/or loved ones, along with having the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.
On successful completion, Learners will receive either a Mental Health First Aider or Mental Health Champion certificate, a reference manual and a workbook containing a useful toolkit.
Lantra is delighted to be supporting MHFA by delivering their courses through their own, fully qualified, Mental Health First Aid Trainers, via the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.
Marcus Potter, Lantra CEO commented: “The pandemic has made mental health problems more prevalent and raised the issue up the public agenda. It is part of Lantra’s core purpose to help people work safely, and mental health is just as important as physical safety.
I am delighted that we have been able to work with MHFA to prepare Lantra Instructor to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training, this complements our popular e-learning offer.”