15th February, 2016
ICSA will be taking part in a discussion on rural isolation and mental health in farming which will take place tomorrow night, Tuesday February 16th, in the Kilmihill Community Hall, Kilmihill, Co. Clare. This meeting was organised by An Garda Siochana, in particular Garda Edel Burke of Kildysart Garda Station.
ICSA Rural Development Chairman Seamus Sherlock will be a guest speaker on the night. Mr Sherlock will speak on an array of issues including the financial pressures that are currently facing many farmers. He has seen at first hand the devastating impact the stress of such situations can have. As well as tending to his farm, Mr Sherlock now works tirelessly to help those in difficulties.
Mr Sherlock said, “It is important for ICSA to be present to support this drive to highlight the problems of rural isolation and mental health in farming and to listen to farmers concerns. The closure of local shops, post offices, bank branches and Garda stations all add to the sense of isolation felt in rural communities. We need to address these issues to keep those communities strong.”
Also speaking on the night will be Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Joe Downey and psychotherapist Patrick Fitzgerald from Limerick Mental Health Services who will speak about the negative impact of rural isolation. A health and safety advisor from Teagasc will also be on hand to give a short presentation as will representatives from Blue Box Creative Learning Centre and MyMind Centre for Well Being, Limerick. The event will kick off at 8.20pm.
Tea and refreshments afterwards.