IFA President Tim Cullinan has encouraged farm families to attend and support the Green Ribbon walks organised by IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland in support of the Green Ribbon campaign this month.
A Let’s Talk and Walk Green Ribbon walk will take place in Drumboe Forest Trails, Co Donegal on Sunday 17th September at 3pm. Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) are sponsoring a nature walk at this year’s Donegal’s Green Ribbon Talk & Walk event.
The Green Ribbon campaign aims to spread awareness about mental health difficulties to help end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Tim Cullinan said, “It has been a difficult year for many farmers with increasing demands and rising input costs contributing to a lot of additional stress and strain on many farm families. The Green Ribbon walks provide an opportunity for friends, families, and communities to connect”.
IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle said this year marks the 11th year that IFA has been involved in the Green Ribbon walks.
“The nature of farming results in many farmers prioritising farm productivity over their own mental health. The Green Ribbon walks provide an opportunity for farmers and rural communities to take time out from their work and socialise with others outdoors.”