Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster launch mental health campaign

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) last week launched their mental health campaign “#YFSeesYou” during Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24th May 2020.

Crawford family
Crawford family

In normal times the Young Farmers’ would be hosting an action-packed event calendar from stock judging to tug of war, but due to these unprecedented times events have had to move to an online platform or be cancelled.

Following the success 
of Spa YFC’s “#SpaKeepsFarming” campaign, the YFCU ran a similar campaign during Mental Health Awareness week.

The campaign saw seven members from across Ulster taking over the YFCU Facebook and Instagram stories for the day, focusing on seven different topics of mental health such as; isolation, community to social media.

Willy Parkinson

The campaign was extremely successful with over 2,500 people tuning in to watch members stories throughout the day.

The idea behind the campaign was to show what members are up to during Covid-19 and getting members connecting with each other.

Some members may feel very isolated and alone at the moment due to the time they are spending at home so hopefully the campaign reminded them that we are all in this together and support is always available.

This initial campaign is only just the start of the Young Farmer’s Sees You, a strategy to provide members mental health awareness, support and training over the incoming years.

Abby Morton