Are you fit to farm?
A new edition of the Forum's pioneering man manual for the farming community is now available.
Fit For Farming is very much by farmers for farmers. It was written by Dr Ian Banks who has a farm in Northern Ireland. The 2015 edition was revised in partnership with the Farming Community Network, building on the work from the 2013 revision which was carried out in partnership with the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Farming Life Centre (Blackwell, Derbyshire). The cartoons are also by a farmer, Henry Brewis.
Fit For Farming editor Jim Pollard said: 'After the publication of the 2013 edition, one farmer's wife told us that thanks to this book, she had managed to get her husband to visit the GP. You can't get a better endorsement than that.'
The 40 page booklet has also been redesigned in the Forum's latest man manual style.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.
In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.
We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.