Updated: Nov 6
Whether you are a farmer or farming family member in need of support, or an advisor working with farmers who may need help, there are many support organisations available. Below is a small selection of places that can offer help and advice and that advisors can signpost those in need to.
People in farming communities often wish to speak to someone who understands their unique lifestyle. There are some farming specific organisations available for this purpose:
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.
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.
Although Yellow Wellies focuses on farm safety, they have many resources and training available including their agriculture specific mental wellbeing advice booklet.
There are also many local organisations available. Many are detailed in the Prince’s Countryside Fund Directory.
Sometimes farmers and their families do not wish to speak with someone directly connected to agriculture. They may worry about being recognised or prefer a non-agricultural viewpoint. Many resources exist in these instances:
The Samaritans provide round-the-clock, compassionate support, free of charge. People can call or or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They also offer a helpful guidebook for those struggling to cope.
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.
The StayAlive App offers resources to support someone feeling suicidal or anyone worried about someone else being at risk.
Mind is a mental health charity with local branches across England. They provide a range of services, including counselling and support groups.
Those in agricultural communities should also remember their local NHS resources:
Farmers can always reach out to their local GP for personalised guidance and connections to appropriate mental health services.
The NHS Mental Health Helpline can be contacted for people of all ages for 24-hour advice and support.
Advisors can play a pivotal role in signposting farmers and their families toward the help they require. Reaching out is a brave step, and these helplines are here to offer a helping hand whenever it is needed.
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