A FARMING mental health chairty based in Pembrokeshire is calling on the farming community to help break the stigma around mental health on World Mental Health day today.

The sector carries one of the highest rates of suicide with one farmer a week taking their own life.

The powerful image and video produced by the DPJ Foundation shows 52 pairs of wellies eerily swaying in the breeze – one pair for each farmer who has taken their own life in the last 12 months.

This image is the stark reality for many families with an unused pair of wellies left following the death of their family member.

Emma Picton-Jones, the founder of the DPJ Foundation, said: “We wanted to mark World Mental Health day in a special way this year, we decided to create the image as a visual reminder of the issues that are facing the sector in the hope it will encourage those in the sector to speak out and ask for help.”

The DPJ Foundation provides fully funded counselling to those in the agricultural sector and also works with people who work in the sector to provide mental health awareness training across Wales. For more information or support call 0800 587 4262 or text 07860 048799 24 hours a day 7 days a week.