The Farmers’ Union of Wales made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Show in 2017 to keep the spotlight on mental health issues for as long as it remains a problem in rural communities.

Approaching the fourth year of awareness raising and doing everything it takes to help break the stigma, the union is keeping the conversation going – online.

FUW deputy president Ian Rickman said: “Under normal circumstances we would have held a seminar at the Royal Welsh Show, but given the circumstances - the conversation is moving online. We will be hosting a virtual seminar, where we explore what has changed, how far we have come and what issues still remain. I hope many of you will be joining us on the night to discuss the issue and share your experiences.”

Titled ‘Mental Health- how are you doing?’, the event, as part of the virtual Royal Welsh Show, is screened on Thursday, July 23, at 7pm.

Joining the panel are Emma Picton-Jones, founder of the DPJ Foundation; David Williams, Wales Regional Director for the Farming Community Network; Gareth Davies, chief executive officer, Tir Dewi, and Suzy Deeley, corporate partnership manager at RABI.

Emma Picton-Jones, founder of the DPJ Foundation said: “The situation at the moment is very much 'unknown territory'. Mental health has been an issue in the sector for a long time but we are facing unprecedented times and with that brings uncertainty which is never helpful when it comes to mental health issues.

"Thankfully in Wales there is support available and we need to ensure that those who need it know how to access it.”

To join the seminar, register at