2 MAY 2018

An information night on the subject of ‘Rural Isolation, Mental Health & & Learning to Cope’ will take place at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen this Thursday, 3 May at 8pm. The meeting has been organised by an Garda Siochana and will feature ICSA Rural Development chairman Seamus Sherlock as a guest speaker. Previous meetings on the subject of rural isolation and mental health in farming have attracted large crowds.

Speaking ahead of the event Mr Sherlock said, “We are on a rescue mission for a lot of farmers who are at their wits end. Hopefully we are coming to the end of the most difficult winter many of us can remember. It’s time now to draw on the positives and look after each other and look to the future together.”

“It is important for ICSA to be present to support this drive to highlight the concerns about mental health in farming. The closure of local shops, post offices, bank branches and Garda stations all have an impact and add to the sense of isolation felt in rural communities. We need to listen to farmers concerns and address these issues to keep our rural communities strong.”

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.