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Life can be hard sometimes

If having a good old chin-wag over a cuppa hasn’t done the trick then there are good people out there who specialise in some of the challenges you might face.

You may have a feeling something is wrong with someone you know or be struggling with your own thoughts. 

Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Declining interest in the farm and animal care
  • Change in personal appearance
  • Withdrawing from social events, family and friends
  • Stress in the family – for example, financial or emotional stress
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Reliance on medication, alcohol or drugs
  • Irrational thinking, such as focusing on worst-case outcomes
  • An increasingly negative attitude towards their life
  • Difficulty in making decisions – both big and small

If you notice a change or feel concerned in any way, please don’t ignore the signs. Here are some fantastic resources that might be of use to you or others you know.

Future Farming Resilience

Not sure about life after BPS or the Single Farm Payment subsidy?

Don’t know what your farming business might look like in the future?

Free information and business skills development workshops to help farmers and land managers navigate the changes brought about by this Agricultural Transition.

Call us on 0800 592 872

The Farming Community Network

Email: help@fcn.org.uk

Talk to a sympathetic person who truly understands farmers and rural life. Calls are answered in person every day of the year (7 am-11 pm)

R.A.B.I 

Supporting Farming Families Confidential free helpline: 0800 188 4444

Financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages, including farmers, farmworkers and dependants.

Open Mental Health

If you’re an adult living in Somerset and need mental health support, call our team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01823 276892

Samaritans

Samaritans are here for anyone struggling to cope, day or night, 365 days a year.

Call free on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org 

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