Before I met my partner Tom, who is a farmer, I used to think farming was mainly an easy way to be outside all day and enjoy the weather. But it became clear pretty soon after I met him that farming is a tough, demanding job.
The more I learnt about farming, the more I realised the strain farmers feel every day. Reports suggest that farmers are three times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else, and when you analyse the pressures they face every day, you can see why.
I think that part of the problem is that there is not enough support for farmers facing difficulties, particularly from the public. So, through a poster campaign, I'm encouraging more understanding of what it is farmers do to hopefully improve their support network, and cut the suicide rate.
A nationwide group, which supports farmers through the hardships they may face.
Peter Clarke, Farm Community Network co-ordinator for Cornwall
'This is brilliant! Well done to you and all the Fixers team.Thank you for the reference and link to the website. You may have seen via the National Federation of Young Farmers that we are, jointly, trying to discover how we can do more to help and support young people who are facing problems. When the survey we are running is completed, I will make sure that you have sight of the results. Thanks again and keep on Fixing.'