The Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) are running a mental health campaign- Are Ewe Okay? encouraging young people living in rural areas to talk, listen and share.
Young Farmers is Scotland’s largest rural youth organisation and their work to break the stigma of mental health is hoped to reach their 3500 members over the next 12 months.
Members of SAYFC are aged between 14 and 30 which is a time of transition in the lives of many people. Issues arising from education, relationships, employment, health and finance can all have an impact on mental health and wellbeing.
With 1 in 4 people in Scotland experiencing a mental health issue each year statistics suggest up to 800 SAYFC members might need support with their mental health.
SAYFC’s National Chairman Stuart Jamieson explained,
It’s about looking out for each other by taking the time to listen, offering a situation where someone feels confident enough to talk or by sharing information to aid our members. Everyone can get involved by just asking “Are Ewe Okay?”
Launching in May 2016, the campaign is supported by RSABI, a unique Scottish charity providing financial assistance, support and a helpline to people who have worked in land-based employment. The charity offers support to those experiencing hardship. More information about RSABI is available at www.rsabi.org.uk.
You can follow the campaign and pledge your support via the SAYFC website keep up-to-date via social media using #AreEweOkay?
— SAYFC (@SAYFC) July 27, 2016
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