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Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing overview

Helpline: 03000 111 999

You can talk to a sympathetic person who understands farmers and rural life. Calls will be answered in person from 7am-11pm every day of the year. The FCN also understand that picking up the phone and calling can be difficult. They have an article that explains what will happen once the call is made to reassure farmers.

Although Yellow Wellies focuses on farm safety, they have many resources and training available including their agriculture specific mental wellbeing advice booklet.

0800 068 4141

Text: 07860 039967

PAPYRUS is a charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

Answer five simple questions to get your personalised mental health action plan with tips and advice to help you be kind to your mind.

Helpline: 0800 188 4444 (24/7)

RABI understand the agricultural community’s unique needs. They offer a free wellbeing helpline, in-person counselling and online click-and-chat mental health support. They also offer mental wellbeing training that is specific to the agricultural industry.

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The Samaritans provide round-the-clock, compassionate support, free of charge. People can call or or email They also offer a helpful guidebook for those struggling to cope.

Mind is a mental health charity with local branches across England. They provide a range of services, including counselling and support groups.

A directory of national and regional rural support organisations the Royal Countryside Fund that will help to signpost the sources of help and advice for those who need assistance with the challenges of rural work and life.

Further information

Part of the Farming Community network, FarmWell is one stop resource to help you and your farm business stay strong and resilient

Answer five simple queA short booklet that explains loneliness, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

FarmWell has developed a downloadable resource on stress management, identifying the signs of stress, understanding how to manage stress and from it, build resilience.

There is no doubt that having a Health & Safety Policy is vitally important. For farming businesses with over five employees, a written policy is a legal requirement and regardless of size, it is required for key assurance schemes.

Every Life Matters with the support of Cumbria County Council have developed a very useful booklet about looking after yourself and people around you. It has a lot of information about areas such as lifting your mood and managing your stress bucket.

Explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. Includes information about ways you can help yourself and how to get support.

FCN have developed a PDF download on 10 things to help you manage stress in your daily life.

Ideas to help you keep fit and healthy on the farm and combat rural isolation and stress.

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