Rural isolation and debt worries leading to poor mental health among farmers
Rural isolation and worries about debts and loans are some of the compounding issues leading to depression for members of the farming community.
Aware - who have a tent at this year's National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly, for the first time this year - said that huge numbers of people have been in to discuss mental health issues.
Rural isolation, families moving away, and worries about debt are some of the issues people have been discussing with Aware over the last three days.
Farm Ireland Editor Margaret Donnelly hosted a talk in the Independent tent to discuss mental health and the impact on the rural communities.
Direct of Services for Aware, Brid O'Meara, Peter Hynes Zurich Farmer of the Year and sheep farmer Margaret Hoctor joined the panel discussions.
"We have had huge numbers of people come into us to discuss mental health issues, how it impacts their feelings and their interest in things," Brid O'Meara, director of services for Aware told the Independent Talks series.
"Farmers, their wives and female farmers can be terribly isolated.
"We're hearing about loans and the worries of debts. We're hearing about spring calving, harvest time. All of these issues are compounding," she said.