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Early Intervention Model Promotes Farmers' Mental Wellbeing. Antti Huhtamäki COO Mela - Farmers' Social Insurance Institution. Burnout and depression among farmers. Farmers are living under increasing pressure Low profitability Major investments Increasing workload

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Early intervention model promotes farmers mental wellbeing

Early Intervention Model Promotes Farmers' Mental Wellbeing

Antti Huhtamäki

COO

Mela - Farmers' Social

Insurance Institution


Burnout and depression among farmers
Burnout and depression among farmers

  • Farmersarelivingunderincreasingpressure

    • Lowprofitability

    • Major investments

    • Increasingworkload

    • Problemswithinfamily

    • Etc.

  • Untreated depression canlead to a permanentdisability

    • Mentaldisorder is one of the mostfrequentlyusedreason for the disabilitypensions

       How to tackle the problem? By earlyidentification of the problem and takingearlycorrectiveactions


Early intervention model
Early intervention model

A new approach to solve the problem is based on four steps:

  • Early identification of the symptoms of burnout

  • To bring the matter up with the farmer

  • To create a rescue plan

  • To make sure the rescue plan is working for real


Step 1 early identification
Step 1: Early identification

  • Problems of the identification

    • Insider?

    • Outsider?

  • Alarming signs

    • Farmers’ mental and physical condition

    • General appearance of the farm

    • Animal health


Step 2 to speak about the situation with the farmer
Step 2: To speak about the situation with the farmer

  • The most difficult phase is how to speak about the situation?

    • The observer must have the skill and the courage

    • Key words are “sensitive” and “confidence”

  • The model provides the tools to handle the situation

    • Training

    • Leaflets

    • Contacts

    • Etc.


Step 3 rescue plan
Step 3: Rescue plan

  • Respect of the wishes of the farmer

  • External experts oftenneeded

  • Written rescue plan


Step 4 follow up
Step 4: Follow up

  • Ensures that the implementation of the rescue plan comes true

  • Gives also a possibility to precise or change the rescue plan


The conclusions
The conclusions

  • The model has been created and adopted recently

  • Mela has been the main developer of the model

  • Mela is the main actor with the help of Farmers’ Union and other actors in agricultural business

  • Performance of the model has not been confirmed yet

    • However the first reactions has been very positive



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