With worryingly low levels of mental wellbeing identified by its Big Farming Survey, RABI has launched two new support services for 2022 – in-person mental health counselling and mental health training.
RABI’s head of partnerships, Suzy Deeley, says these initiatives will complement the existing support services they offer the farming community.
“Our recent survey findings confirmed that over a third of farming people are probably or possibly depressed,” says Suzy. “RABI has committed to developing support services that help address these poor experiences. Collaborating with partners, RABI is introducing essential services that we believe will make a difference to our community.”
The free, confidential in-person counselling is delivered by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited counsellors. Anyone feeling they could benefit from talking to a professional can access this new service via RABI’s 24/7 helpline on 0800 188 4444.
Clinical or GP referrals are not necessary, with counsellors responding to initial requests for support within 24 hours. The counselling sessions can take place face-to-face, by telephone or video conferencing and are tailored and led by each individual.
She explains: “All of the counsellors providing support have been selected for a combination of their clinical expertise and their background, engagement or interest in farming and rural communities. It’s vital they have the right specialist experience and are committed to our community with an understanding of the complex challenges farming people face. Ongoing counsellor training will ensure farming people are properly supported when they face issues impacting the sector.”
“Our aim with both of these new services is to continue to open-up access to support and encourage early intervention to prevent farming people reaching a point of crisis,” Suzy concludes.
To learn more about what RABI is doing to support the industry call 0800 188 4444 or visit www.rabi.org.uk