IFA to co-host series of mental health walks

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The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have revealed details of a series of mental health orientated forest walks, due to take place throughout the country this month.

The ‘Let’s Talk and Walk’ forest walks have been organised by the IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland, in support of the Green Ribbon campaign for the month of May.

Nine walks are scheduled to take place during the month of May, one of which will be located at Fore Valley, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. This will take place on Sunday, May 26, commencing at 3pm.

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President of the IFA, Joe Healy, noted the importance of these walks, with the many stresses facing farmers, “The uncertainty of Brexit and continued high input costs and low prices have added stress and strain on farm families. The walks will provide an opportunity for friends, families and communities to connect while being mindful of their own and others’ mental health and wellbeing.”

Martin Rogan CEO at Mental Health Ireland added, “The Let’s Talk and Walk series of walks create a space to spend some uninterrupted time with our friends and family away from the many everyday distractions.”

For more information on the Green Ribbon campaign, visit https://seechange.ie/green-ribbon/