THE Northern Health and Social Care Trust is working with Rural Support – a leading charity, to provide help and advice to farmers to help them deal with some of the pressures that the recent bad weather have caused.
Rural Support offers a confidential Helpline which is available 8am to 11pm, 7 days per week (voicemail and support options available at all other times) on 0845 606 7607. They can offer emotional support, advice on dealing with practical issues and managing debt. They can also direct you to other organisations that can help.
Farming can result in a lot of pressure and responsibility along with physical and mental exhaustion so it is critical that farmers and their families take time to look after their physical and mental health. If you have any concerns please talk to Rural Support or your GP.
There are some simple ways of improving your own mental health and that of others including: Connecting – taking the time to keep or develop good relationships with family, friends and the wider community will ensure you have people to talk to when you need to; Take time to ask farming friends, family or neighbours how they are doing; Eat well – a healthy balanced diet will improve your mood as well as your waistline; Seeking support from others following bereavement or relationship breakdowns. CRUSE Bereavement Care can help you cope with grief (t: 0844 477 9400), or Relate can help with relationship issues (t: 0870 242 6091); Reduce your alcohol intake as alcohol depresses mood and can reduce your ability to deal with stress and if you are finding it difficult to cope, contact Rural Support on 0845 606 7607 or Lifeline - a 24 hr helpline for people in distress or despair on 0808 808 8000.