Getting help and support for mental health and wellbeing
If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s mental health and wellbeing, we have listed below a number of organisations and charities from across the UK who are there to help those employed in agricultural or farming businesses.
The Farming Community Network (FCN) [England and Wales]
The Farming Community Network operates a confidential national helpline (0300 011 1999) for those in our Rural Sector who are experiencing feelings of isolation, anxiety or other concerns. The helpline is operated by volunteers who are from farming backgrounds and will understand the pressures you may be facing.
The confidential helpline is open every day of the year from 7am – 11pm, and an e-helpline service is also available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the winter period, FCN is encouraging those who are experiencing hardship to get in touch as part of its appeal for those in need not to suffer in silence. This year the charity has seen an increase in calls, with issues including coronavirus, post-Brexit farming policy, the daily challenges of farming and more.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) [England and Wales]
RABI has recently partnered with Kooth PLC to provide an online mental wellbeing service for farmers. The service offers emotional support and online counselling, provided by volunteers with a sound understanding of the pressures that you and the Rural Sector face every day.
Two platforms are available for you to use; Kooth, for young people aged 11 to 17, and Qwell, for those aged 18+.
Visit the Kooth and Qwell online wellbeing support service.
If you are based in Scotland, you can access emotional, practical, and financial support through RSABI, whose service is available for both those previously and currently involved in farming and crofting.
The helpline is open from 7am – 11pm 365 days of the year and offers a call out service for the lonely and vulnerable.
This support is available through their helpline (0300 111 4166), or by using the referral form (PDF, 306KB).