As the problems mount and the solutions seem to become further out of reach, mental stress will simply add to the difficulties and can make even the simplest business decision seem very hard to make.
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can begin to take over as the stress mounts. This affects both physical and mental health and can affect one’s ability to make decisions.
While many urban dwellers look with envy on the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, they lose sight of the fact that farming is a seven-days-of -the-week job and the opportunities for a social life or even a chat with a neighbour can be few and far between. Adding loneliness to your problems does not make them any easier to bear.
Coping with a long term illness is a challenge in itself. It takes a good deal of managing and planning to keep the business functioning as you would like and enable you to feel you still have something to offer.
We all know that farming is a dangerous occupation and despite everyone’s best intentions, accidents do happen. The results are devastating not only for the individual concerned but will lead directly to the way the farm business is run and managed.
This is not confined to the young people of the inner cities. This is a real and dangerous problem whoever you are, whatever your age and wherever you live.
If you recognise the danger signs of the problems listed (above) or if you have spotted them in someone you know, doing nothing is not an option.