Its horrible Adam Henson talks trouble in farming amid rising mental health concerns

Our Family Farm Rescue: Adam Henson says he's 'emotional'

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Adam Henson said there’s “a huge amount of trouble” in farming, which has been highlighted in his new show Our Family Farm Rescue. Viewers were left emotional, following a recent episode, after he met up with struggling couple James and Karen Baird at Potterland Farm.

Ahead of the show being aired, the farmer opened up about the episode which left him emotional. 

He said: “Yes, there’s a huge amount of trouble in farming at the moment with mental illness, and suicide is quite prevalent, too, which is horrible.

“In Scotland I meet James, whose father recently died, and James suddenly found himself having to run the family farm by himself.

“He really struggled and began to suffer both financially and mentally and ended up in hospital feeling suicidal.”

He added to “It’s a really emotional episode following him and his partner, Karen, as they try to turn their business around selling their wonderful beef and lamb products straight to the consumer.”

During the episode, Karen said of her spouse: “At his worst he was suicidal and I had to pick up the phone to the mental health team.

“I was fearful that he would go through with it and he ended up hospitalised at that point.”

Following the show, fans flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One wrote: “Absolutely brilliant, we were so touched by this programme.

“We would like to wish you all the best of luck with the smokery. Keep up the good work.

“Like us you all have skills which make a formidable team. Well done to @AdamHenson for highlighting and bringing this to us.”

Another penned: “Good show tonight, #OurFamilyFarmRescue.”

The Countryfile star went on to say he was glad other farm shows were now becoming popular and highlighting similar issues.

“They’re all slightly different, but there’s definitely an appetite from the general public to watch them,” he added.

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Other farming shows bringing in the viewers include Amanda Owen’s Our Yorkshire Farm and Jeremy Clarkson’s Clarkson’s Farm.

The latter swapped car duties for farming on his Diddly Squat Farm, whih left viewers wanting more.

It’s since been revealed the show has been recomissioned for a second series. 

The Countryfile star praised Jeremy for showing the real life struggles farmers face in his series.

He went on to say the series was “absolutely hysterical”.

Elsewhere, despite Adam now having his new four-part series, he has insisted he will not be leaving Countryfile anytime soon after celebrating 20 years this year.

The farmer added that if the BBC were to end his contract however, he would happily go back to his life as a full-time farmer.

Our Family Farm Rescue with Adam Henson continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.

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