Farm women group to host mental health talk
Tonight the South East Women in Farming group will host an open and honest discussion on emotional well-being and resilience building for rural ladies in the region.
The event, candidly titled 'Bouncing Back', will feature a panel of inspirational speakers including former world sheep-shearing champion and mental health advocate George Graham.
The Wexford native will share his story of struggling with mental illness and how seeking help and talking about his affliction brought about improvements in his life.
Margaret Hoctor, the woman behind the Kilmullen Farm brand based in Co Wicklow, will share her personal journey of bouncing back from redundancy as a high-powered executive at a leading international research company in 2013 to finding her true passion in agriculture.
The ambitious mother-of-two, who is also a life coach, will offer many tips and advice on how she overcame adversity and how she, and husband Eamon, a sheep farmer, turned her professional low into a burgeoning opportunity to expand their farming business.
Speaking to the Farming Independent, Margaret, whose business at Kilmullen Farm specialises in the production of lamb, apple juice and sweetcorn, encourages all women to come along. "I want to impart how I've learned and built resilience to other farming women because I think a lot of psychological barriers can come from negative self talk and not believing in yourself.
"After losing my job, I had to admit to myself and my husband that it was really hard. It was October, we were heading into winter and here I was changing my world. I said the best thing I can do is get out into nature and sort my head out.
"When the tears stopped, I said right, there is an opportunity to grow here," she says.