Ydych chi erioed wedi teimlo'n isel a ddim yn gwybod lle i droi? Alun fydd yn siarad am ei brofiadau gydag iselder. During Mental Health Week, Alun talks about his experiences o...
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-Have you ever felt down
-and not known where to turn?
-We'll hear from people...
-..who've encountered mental illness
-We'll also hear about the
-institutions that can help them.
-Meinir discusses a scheme
-which encourages farmers...
-..to dispose of pesticides
-and herbicides safely.
-We'll also join
-a World Record attempt...
-..in Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire.
-It's mental health illness
-It's an illness that can affect
-people in different ways.
-Alun has more on this story.
-Cuppa, boys, let's have a cuppa.
-An illness which leaves
-no physical scars...
-..but for the sufferer,
-it can excruciating.
-About two years,
-I had a similar experience.
-An extreme bout of depression.
-I'll share my experiences with you.
-We should grab every opportunity...
-..to raise awareness
-of this important subject.
-It's no surprise to anyone...
-..that when I found Mam
-at the bottom of the stairs...
-..still warm, but dead...
-..the shock triggered the illness.
-Looking back now, after coming
-through the experience...
-that it had started years ago.
-Mam was 91 years old when she died
-and I'd been worried about her.
-The snow of 2013
-put immense pressure on the farm.
-were destroyed and damaged.
-I'd felt for a while that
-I was running around in circles.
-I didn't understand
-what was happening to me.
-I had this knot in my stomach
-all the time. I couldn't sleep.
-..and this is when I realised that
-I had to do something about it...
-..and ask someone for help.
-I was lying in bed,
-it was raining...
-..I could hear the river
-I thought I can put a stop to this.
-The way to do it was to jump into
-that river and switch it all off.
-I spoke to Catrin,
-my partner, about it.
-I still haven't told Elan, my
-daughter, she doesn't know about it.
-That first disclosure,
-visiting the family doctor.
-Farmers don't visit
-their GPs these days.
-He'd never met me before.
-I told him about the symptoms.
-I thought I had problems
-with my stomach.
-He said the symptoms
-were classic depression symptoms.
-In the end, a solution was found...
-..and I can only thank the local
-community and everyone around me.
-A lad living next door
-started to call.
-Another neighbour would phone
-to ask what I was doing.
-He'd come over to help me
-sort out some sheep.
-I'd do nothing most of the day,
-the minimum possible.
-Something else that happened...
-..and I have reason to thank
-the National Assembly for this...
-..I was part of the Glastir scheme
-and had to maintain stone walls.
-250 metres of wall had to be
-maintained before the end of 2015.
-I carried on with the work
-and employed someone to help me.
-Dermot O'Neill from Corris
-came to help me.
-I wasn't eating,
-I didn't want to eat.
-When your body's working,
-your appetite returns.
-That returned gradually.
-The energy returned gradually.
-People would call and say,
-"Don't worry, I know what it is.
-"I had it when my wife left me."
-The most unexpected people.
-I realised suddenly
-that this wasn't unique...
-..it could happen to anyone,
-wherever they are, whatever they do.
-Depression is a major problem
-for men in rural areas.
-The highest rates of suicide
-are in the farming sector.
-lost her husband to mental illness.
-He was an agricultural contractor
-from a young age.
-He was a tractor boy at heart.
-He spent a lot of his youth driving
-tractors and enjoyed himself.
-He decided to buy a digger
-and wanted to go and work on farms.
-Daniel had been suffering with his
-mental health for a number of years.
-It gradually got worse.
-It went in peaks and troughs
-in the last few years.
-On the 5th of July, my husband
-decided to take his own life.
-On the outside, it looked like he
-had everything. It was a huge shock.
-It's had a massive effect
-on all of us...
-..but I decided
-it couldn't have a negative effect.
-We had to make something positive
-out of this.
-I set up a charity to support
-..who are suffering
-with their mental health.
-The DPJ Foundation,
-named after Daniel's initials.
-We started last year by looking at
-where we could spend the money...
-..to do some good in the
-agricultural community right away.
-We set up
-mental health awareness training.
-We trained 38 people who work
-within the agricultural community.
-We gave them the tools to recognise
-mental health illnesses.
-The other strand we're going down...
-..we're looking at the preventative
-side of mental health...
-..and how we can support men
-to give them the tools to help...
-..before they get to a point that
-they make the decision Daniel did.
-One problem of living in a rural
-area is the lack of expertise...
-..for mental illness,
-something which I encountered.
-Who do you turn to?
-Dr Becca Stilwell is a psychologist
-for the Hywel Dda health board.
-Becca, is there a way to define
-depression in a short sentence?
-Or is it something that varies
-from person to person?
-There is a list of symptoms...
-..I'd search for
-in someone with depression.
-Their sleep patterns are different.
-The way they eat is different,
-their energy is different.
-The way they think about things.
-They don't think so clearly.
-Has the person changed?
-What's useful to know is how someone
-has changed over a period of time.
-..the frightening part...
-..was not being able
-to understand what was happening.
-The knots in the stomach,
-the feelings of panic...
-..not wanting to eat
-because of the stomach pains.
-I didn't want to speak to anyone
-but I didn't understand what it was.
-I didn't have a name for it.
-Not having a name for it
-makes us panic even more.
-Some people end up thinking
-that they have a physical illness.
-That's the line that I follow.
-It was physical for me, initially...
-..and then I realised
-it was all in my head.
-You have more negative thoughts...
-..your glass is always half empty,
-never half full.
-There are changes in the way
-It's important to discuss
-what's going on with your GP...
-..so that they can determine
-the next step.
-Medicines aren't for everyone...
-..but it helps some people
-to find the kick to carry on...
-..and do whatever it is
-that helps them.
-For me, as a farmer, something
-was driving me out of the house.
-Responsibility for the animals...
-..or the need to build a dry stone
-wall for an environmental scheme.
-That pulled me out of myself,
-to some extent.
-Knowing that work is something
-that's important to you...
-..not letting people down
-is important to you.
-That helps find the motivation
-to keep going.
-For someone else, that would be
-too overwhelming for them.
-To know that they had a wall
-..or that they had someone to help,
-it might be too much for them.
-It's important to know the person
-and know what's good for them.
-Talking about mental illness...
-..and understanding what keeps
-that illness there is important...
-..however we manage to help
-that person understand it.
-Back in 2015, Canon Eileen Davies
-formed Tir Dewi...
-..which support farmers
-suffering with depression...
-..or who have other concerns, that
-live in the old county of Dyfed.
-Today, Cogent are holding an open
-day at Rhydygors, Carmarthenshire.
-Eileen uses these events to spread
-the message about the service.
-Why did you establish Tir Dewi
-in the first place?
-There was a demand
-and there was a need.
-For that reason, we decided
-to bring communities together...
-..to give our farmers an answer and
-show that we're there to help them.
-That's what's important to us.
-You're a farmer too.
-I farm every day, I milk the cattle
-in the morning and evening.
-I feel privileged to do so.
-By doing that, I understand
-what farmers are going through.
-I love the life myself.
-I know what pressure they're under.
-From the examples
-you've already encountered...
-..is the situation
-for farmers difficult?
-Is depression a serious problem?
-Most certainly -
-there's a lot of loneliness.
-A farmer can complete his day using
-machinery and technology on his own.
-He has no-one to talk to.
-That's the problem.
-This loneliness can create
-more sorrow for farmers.
-For me, when I had depression,
-I realised at some point...
-..that most people need time.
-The improvement happens over time.
-For anyone who has depression, they
-may have suffered for a long time...
-..without knowing precisely
-what's wrong with them.
-It's an illness surrounded by taboo,
-especially in the farming industry.
-Farmers think they are strong enough
-to face anything...
-..but we'll be by that person's side
-until they come through it.
-However long it takes,
-we'll be there.
-If I tried to sum up the process
-and the solution for me...
-..and I feel fine now even though I
-get emotional looking back at it...
-..there was a time when I thought
-I had to end it all...
-..even though I knew
-that Catrin loved me...
-..I had a 20-year-old daughter.
-All these things that should stop
-you thinking about ending your life.
-People around you,
-that's what saved me.
-I hope I can help others by talking
-about this, right here, right now.
-There's no need to hide it.
-We've hidden it too much,
-we haven't talked about it enough.
-The problem for a lot of people is
-they don't know what it is.
-a sustainable environment...
-..it's important to conserve
-our natural resources...
-..air, water, earth.
-Pesticides are an important part
-of every day life for famers...
-..but they can cause serious
-problems for the environment...
-..if they're not stored, used
-and disposed of correctly.
-Meinir has more on this story.
-Welsh Water has launched a new
-scheme to encourage farmers...
-..growers and landowners
-in specific areas...
-..to dispose of pesticides
-and herbicides safely...
-..to safeguard water quality
-The scheme we have right now
-is a scheme called PestSmart.
-This includes pesticides.
-In Welsh Water, we place an emphasis
-on monitoring freshwater quality.
-In some areas, we've seen
-rises in the levels of pesticides.
-That's something we want to monitor
-and keep under control.
-To reduce the risk to our customers
-for drinking water quality...
-..we want to reduce the levels
-..entering the rivers
-in the first place.
-Despite the rise in levels,
-the levels are still low...
-..and pose a low risk
-to people drinking the water.
-What's appeal to farmers
-makes it easier for people...
-of their pesticides safely.
-It will also improve
-the quality of freshwater...
-..which will in turn
-improve the environment.
-It also improves treatment works,
-..and reduces prices for customers.
-It's a case of first come,
-first served in this scheme.
-John Owen, manager of Gelli Aur,
-has already registered.
-I've wanted to do it for a while, to
-get rid of some of the chemicals...
-..we've had on licence.
-Things change so often.
-Things that are licenced
-..aren't licenced the next
-and you can't use them.
-It's a way
-of disposing of those chemicals.
-How difficult was it to dispose
-of pesticides and herbicides?
-We would have had to pay for a
-company to dispose of the chemicals.
-It's expensive. We've done it
-in the past and it's expensive.
-The scheme is free and confidential.
-How important is that?
-You might have illegal chemicals
-that have been around for years.
-People would be worried
-about letting others know...
-..they still had them.
-To that extent, it's a lot of help.
-People would feel
-that there's no comeback.
-Would you advise other farmers
-to join the scheme?
-Certainly - there are benefits
-for the environment...
-..wildlife and security.
-can be very dangerous.
-If they're not needed on a farm,
-they need to be disposed of safely.
-Natural Resources Wales are working
-with Welsh Water on this scheme.
-How harmful are pesticides
-and herbicides to our rivers?
-If they enter the water,
-they can be very harmful.
-They not only kill the fish but
-they kill insects on the riverbed...
-..which feed the fish.
-In terms of this scheme,
-what's the benefit for you?
-The greatest benefit
-is reducing the risk.
-If farmers can dispose
-of their chemicals...
-they might not remember they had...
-..by reducing that risk,
-they won't reach the river.
-Which areas are part of the scheme?
-There are six areas initially.
-They're water catchment areas
-of Welsh Water.
-The Upper Wye, Teifi, Tywi,
-Pendine, Alaw and Cefni on Anglesey.
-You must be within
-those catchment areas...
-..before you can be included
-in this scheme.
-Yes, at the moment.
-If this scheme is successful,
-we can launch it nationwide.
-How beneficial can this be
-It has great benefits for farmers.
-With regulations as they are now...
-..if someone registers,
-all the work is done for them.
-Someone from the disposal scheme
-will contact them...
-..and they'll organise everything.
-We're asking farmers
-to go through their storerooms...
-..check which chemicals
-have past their use-by dates...
-..and dispose of them for free.
-If you want to be part
-of the scheme...
-of your pesticides and herbicides...
-..here's what you have to do.
-This is the first time
-we've done it.
-We hope the pilot is successful
-and we can expand it across Wales.
-You can join the scheme
-on our website...
-..or phone Welsh Water.
-The closing date is May 31.
-Finally, in just over a week, the
-Spring Fair is held in Llanelwedd.
-It's the year's first show for the
-Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
-is this year's feature county.
-Last week, they came up with
-a novel way of raising funds.
-In Llanarthney, the local committee
-organised a May Day Fair...
-..with various activities.
-The main attraction was the attempt
-to break a World Record.
-We had a fundraising fair last year.
-It was relatively successful.
-We decided to organise
-another one this year.
-I was out in New Zealand
-..and I saw this happening
-I decided that Llanarthney
-was the perfect place...
-..to host a welly throwing
-The record was last broken
-The record is 431 throwing a welly
-in a straight line at the same time.
-We have stewards here today
-that aren't on our committee.
-I hope, by the end of the day,
-..will have its name
-in the Guinness Book of Records.
-of our local committee.
-We have a good committee, they're
-supportive. We have good numbers.
-It's an exciting time.
-has already transferred 100,000.
-It's not just about raising money.
-We've had so much fun
-bringing everyone together.
-You meet people
-who'll become lifelong friends.
-I'm not sure
-what we'll do next year.
-We'll have to start planning
-for 10 years' time.
-Yes, it's been a busy time
-but it's been a lot of fun.
-There was a lot
-of organisational work.
-Help was at hand from Aled Jones...
-..Assistant Chief Executive of the
-Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
-I've been helping out
-behind the scenes.
-I've completed the forms
-for the Guinness World Records.
-There are strict guidelines
-for an event such as this.
-A team of volunteers
-have worked harder than me.
-A lot of work follows the event
-to ensure the forms are completed...
-..and that Guinness receives
-evidence of our World Record.
-We're raising money
-and we're raising awareness.
-That's the aim today...
-..to get people
-talking about the show...
-I hope we break the World Record
-at the same time.
-It's a lot of fun
-and it's an unique experience.
-Every year, the feature county
-appoints a president.
-This year, Brian Jones from Castell
-Howell, has been given the honour.
-It's been such a delight
-to meet old friends.
-I'll never forget this year.
-I was up early this morning.
-It was wet.
-I didn't think it would dry out.
-As it happens, it's dry now
-and all these people have turned up.
-I can't thank them enough for making
-such an effort to make it a success.
-The time was fast approaching.
-The protocol for the Guinness World
-Record had to be followed correctly.
-After all the organisation
-..did they manage to break
-the old record of 431?
-It's been a great day.
-When you organise
-something like this...
-..you don't know
-how many people will come.
-We've had so many people here today.
-After deducting those
-who didn't follow the guidelines...
-..the number was 636.
-We'll send evidence of the event
-The three supervisors on the day
-will write statements...
-..and send them to Guinness.
-Hopefully, they'll be satisfied.
-We'll wait and see
-if we receive a confirmation.
-The county is very enthusiastic.
-As we've said throughout the time...
-..our president, Brian Jones...
-..we want to give something back
-after all he's given us.
-How did people feel
-about being part of this event?
-There are over 500 people here
-so I hope we broke the World Record.
-Today has been special.
-It's such a different event.
-We had the weather
-and the location was superb.
-It was quite a job to get everyone
-throwing at the same time.
-The Guinness Book of Records was an
-annual Christmas present as a child.
-Every Christmas morning,
-I'd read it...
-..look at the different records -
-the tallest man, fastest man.
-I used to know all the records.
-It was fantastic.
-Since then, I've wanted to be
-a World Record holder.
-I hope I've made it.
-A great attempt.
-That's all for this week.
-Until next time, goodbye.
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.
Ydych chi erioed wedi teimlo'n isel a ddim yn gwybod lle i droi? Alun fydd yn siarad am ei brofiadau gydag iselder. During Mental Health Week, Alun talks about his experiences of depression.