The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) is launching a new initiative to address the problem of depression and mental health issues in the countryside.

The ‘Raising the Game’ strategy focusses on addressing a range of workplace and personal problems. A key focus is to address these issues in a practical manner, which has led to ‘The Stag Training Initiative’ being created by The GWT and IED Training Solutions, a company established by several former Royal Marines.

The idea of the ‘Stag Initiative’ is to teach communication and coping strategies, and to encourage individuals to feel that they can talk through their problems.

The objective of these training days is to improve communication in the workplace with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. We hope that by raising awareness of this new initiative, we can provide support to the individuals that tirelessly look after our countryside.

If you would like to find out more or sign up to a training course, please call 01677 470180 or email