Reach out and seek help charity urges

A new initiative launched by rural charity RSABI and NFU Scotland encourages those working and living in the rural community to post an easily-identifiable sticker with RSABI’s confidential helpline number somewhere prominent on the farm or croft in the hope that someone will reach out and make the call in their time of need.

Ongoing impact

President of NFU Scotland, Andrew McCornick, commented: “As an industry, we are renowned for bottling up our problems and just getting on with the job. However, we don’t realise the serious harm this is doing to both our mental and physical state, as well as the ongoing impact it can have on our families.

“As long-running supporters of RSABI, NFU Scotland has teamed up with the agricultural charity to encourage you, and your family and workforce to seek the help you need.”

Mags Granger, Welfare Manager at RSABI commented: “When you are having difficulties talking to someone is the starting point for support and help. Often that is a stumbling block for those in farming and crofting. We are here to listen, support and empower farmers and crofters to get the help they need, all in complete confidence. As well as the emotional support, we are also able to provide financial support, where required.

“At RSABI we understand how interconnected the farm business and household are and when things go wrong, stress and pressure increases, which has a knock-on effect on farmers and their families in so many ways. It’s much better to get help early on before a problem becomes a crisis.”

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