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Farming and other agriculture-related professions are known to face particular mental health challenges, with higher-than-average rates of depression and suicide. Improving the overall quality of mental health provision has been an increasing priority for the Government and the NHS in recent years.
The Chair of the EFRA Committee, Neil Parish MP, said:
“I’m pleased we’re starting this vital work.It’s important we talk openly about these issues and the help that is available. Mental health matters to us all. But for some people working in rural communities there are special factors that are often hidden in a world that sometimes feels like it is driven by those living in towns and cities.
“We hope to look into all of these subjects and more – then make recommendations about how the government can improve mental health provision in rural communities.
“I encourage everyone with a take on this subject – whether professional or personal – to take part in our inquiry. The ways to let us know your views are set out below.”
The Committee is interested in gathering evidence on the following topics:
The deadline for responses is Friday 7th January 2022.
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