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Looking at loneliness in farming this mental health awareness week

As part of mental health awareness week, farmers are encouraged to talk about their feelings and build connections with people who wish to improve their mental well-being.

With UK farming continuously facing significant changes, it can be a lonely occupation working long hours within remote locations, socialising can also be difficult.

Following on from the aftermaths of the global pandemic, farmers face more challenges with mental health, stress of the job, supply chain disruption and labour shortages, and many are reluctant to take time off when needed. Enduring long hours and feeling isolated, farmers across the UK attitudes are slowly changing in a positive way, but there’s still work to be done.

What can we do to help?

Support is provided from RABI to all of the farming communities across England and Wales. Providing help at critical moments, RABI can support those living independently and empower individuals to improve their mental health. Farmers generally do not want to readily ask for help however their message is ‘There is no shame in turning to RABI to help you through the bad times.

To talk in confidence to a member of their dedicated helpline team call the freephone helpline on 0800 188 4444.