As we come out of lockdown, we are all realising that the world looks a bit different and we still have a long way to go to get back to 'normal'.
It certainly has been a long and, at times, cold and tough few months, but the good news is that spring is here. As we enjoy longer, brighter days, now could be the perfect time to invest in your own wellbeing, whether that's exercise, meeting up with family and friends outdoors or spending the afternoon in a pub garden.
However, sometimes you may find that you need professional help. It can be good to speak to someone outside of your social group who may understand how you're feeling and be able to set you on the right track.
There is plenty of help available and many services that are ready to take your call today. Some of these services provide farming-specific assistance and understand the unique circumstances faced by farmers, while others have been set up to cover specific geographical regions.
Places you can find help
Here is a brief list of some of the places that offer help and support for people who work in farming:
The Farm Community Networks - Farmwell Hub
Launched in September 2020, this is a one-stop shop resource to help farmers build personal and business resilience - see Farmwell.
National Directory of Rural and Farming Support Groups
The directory's aim is to bring together all national and regional support groups in one place, to provide advice and assistance to those who work in farming and rural industries. Regions span the country and include Cornwall, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cheshire, Yorkshire and the Wirral. More information can be found here.
YANA (You are Not Alone) - Farming Mental Health Charity
Sometimes it's difficult to spot the signs of mental ill-health and it can be hard for people to open up and admit that they are struggling or that anything is wrong. You don't have to be a mental health professional to help a friend or colleague.
YANA has launched its helpline card - 7 Tractor Facts to Save a Life. Using the acronym TRACTOR, it takes you through 7 steps you can use if you are concerned about a friend or colleague to provide support and get them to access the help they need. A call to its helpline on 0300 323 0400 can fast track you to access free sessions with trained counsellors who understand the pressures of farming and running a farm business.
For additional information see our Farm Safety Focus page.
Here at LKL, people come first. Don't forget that your Regional Managers are available to talk to if you have any concerns. We can provide a good listening ear and help you find the support you need.