Wellbeing of Farmers: Mental Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing
Key Challenges: Lack or difficulties in accessing health services
Key Target Groups: Young farmers, Female farmers, Older farmers
Farm Size: Small/Family, Medium, Large
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Key contact: Lene Cillen
Organization: Vlaams Instituut Gezond Leven, in collaboration with Boeren op een Kruispunt, ILVO and farmer youth organizations (Jong ABS + Groene Kring)
Development of course material about mental health literacy for agricultural higher education institutions. These materials will be developed throughout 2022 through test phases with students and in co-creation with young farmers.
In a second stage, a more permanent implementation will be prepared wherein free course materials will be made available for all agricultural training services in higher education.
Increasing mental health literacy among farmers
Development of course materials on mental health literacy for agricultural higher education institutions..
Main Outcome of the activity
Increase in mental health literacy among farmers
Main Practical Recommendations
Targeting farmers wellbeing through higher education institutions enables great impact by reaching:
1) young farmers,
2) reaching a nation-wide audience through these institutions
Key Stakeholders Involved
Students, teachers, farmers, farming organizations, mental health aid organizations
Most Innovative Aspects of the Solution
Tackling mental health through proactive involvement in higher education institutions. This allows for reaching a nationwide audience + specific focus on young farmers, increasing impact