Creating awareness and understanding of the issue of poor mental health is important but it is also important to know who to turn to if you – or someone you know – is struggling with their mental health. We are lucky to have a wide range of charities and farm & rural support groups working in this area and this section contains the details of some national and regional charities and support groups that you can call on in times of need.

 What if they’re not okay?

If you, or someone you are with, feels overwhelmed by thoughts of not wanting to live or having urges to attempt suicide, please seek help NOW

Call a suicide hotline:

  • Samaritans            116 123 (available 24/7)
  • NHS Emergency    999 (available 24/7)
  • HOPELINE247        0800 068 4141 (available 24/7)


Rural Support

0800 138 1678 Available Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm

Rural Support provides impartial guidance for farmers and farm family members in Northern Ireland to support their farm business and personal wellbeing. A support line provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and farming families and the charity also provides programmes, mentoring, and advice on a wide range of issues including financial issues, mental health concerns and succession planning.



0808 1234 555 Available 24/7

RSABI provides emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector in Scotland including farming and crofting. The RSABI helpline is available 24/7 with webchat also available via the website – also 24/7.


The DPJ Foundation

0800 587 4262 Available 24/7

The DPJ Foundation provides support to those who work in the agricultural sector with a 24hr call line for support and access to fully funded counselling across Wales.

Tir Dewi

0800 121 4722 Available 24/7 /

Tir Dewi’s volunteers work with farmers and their families to help make sense of problems, provide practical support and solutions and partner with other organisations where it would be helpful. A Freephone Helpline is available and volunteers can visit farms to spend time getting to understand the issues and provide the support needed.


ISLE Listen

01624 679118 Available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Isle Listen supports children and young people up to the age of 25 through education and one-to-one therapeutic support. They also provide a suite of wellbeing solutions to businesses and community groups to support a variety of issues including mental health training, an employee counselling service and workplace wellbeing audits. Isle Listen is not a crisis service and only offer planned interventions.

In emergencies contact Manx Care’s 24 hour Crisis Response and Home Treatment Team on 01624 642860 or 999


Addington Fund

01926 620135 Available Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Addington Fund can provide a home for farming families living in England & Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own and, by doing so, will lose their home. They may also award emergency grants towards certain business costs in times of emergency and where hardship prevails.

FCN The Farming Community Network

03000 111 999 Available daily 7am -11pm

FCN provides practical and pastoral support to farmers and their families through difficult times. Established in 1995, their national helpline provides free, confidential support to anyone who seeks help and their website contains some valuable resources to improve farming resilience.

RABI – Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

0800 188 4444 Available 24/7

RABI offer practical, financial, and emotional support to farming people. Among the many professional services offered, RABI provide counselling support, mental health training and an online mental wellbeing service

To find additional regional rural support groups in your area CLICK HERE




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