The Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster has today highlighted the importance of men’s health during the annual Men’s Health Week which this year places focus on diabetes.
Commenting YFCU President, James Speers said, "Men's health week gives us a platform for discussion and an opportunity to raise awareness of health conditions affecting men here in Northern Ireland.
We are in the midst of one of the busiest seasons of the farming calendar. Many farmers, both young and old are working extended hours to capitalise on current favourable ground and weather conditions. Nevertheless, it is highly important that we make time to focus on our health. Even a simple trip to the doctor or practice nurse to get your bloods checked can help flag up health issues."
James added, "The focus of health all too often falls solely on physical form. We must remember that mental health is a factor linked directly to wellbeing. Take time to talk to your family and friends or your GP if your worried, don’t keep issues to yourself.
Many members of the rural and farming communities work in isolation a great deal of the time. Handling work tasks on your own can be stressful. As a member of the Farm Families Health Checks steering group and with links to the Public Health Authority YFCU are well informed of the help available to members of rural communities. Charities like Rural Support are on hand to listen and provide advise. You can call them on 08001381678."