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Aware at the National Ploughing Championship

Farmers facing increasing pressures encouraged to mind their mental health as Aware showcases positive mental health programme ‘Life Skills’ at National Ploughing Championships.

Aware will be urging people to reach out for support and proactively look after their mental health at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships (18-20th September). Proudly hosted by ESB Networks, the Aware stand will encourage visitors to ‘Start the Journey, Empower Yourself’ offering a taste of its popular Life Skills programme, which is delivered in towns and cities nationwide.

Information will also be available on support services for those affected by depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions, along with the organisation’s free programmes for adults and adolescents, designed to educate and empower people to look after their mental health.

Brid O’Meara, Director of Services at Aware, commented: “Without a doubt there is increasing pressure on the farming community in recent years – reduced incomes, increased costs and regulations, long working hours, social isolation and unpredictable weather conditions, to name a few. The farming lifestyle can be very stressful and we would encourage anyone experiencing difficulties to reach out for help."

In addition to the partnership at The National Ploughing Championships, ESB kindly supports Aware’s Life Skills for Schools programme through ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund.

The Aware and ESB Networks stands are situated at Block 3, Row 11, Stand 251.

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