Support for farmers
From money matters to mental health, help is at hand.
When faced with challenges, it’s reassuring to know that there are a number of charities you can lean on. Their practical advice, guidance and support continue to make a huge difference to many in the farming community. You’ll find contact details for each organisation below, plus an overview of how they can help.
There are a range of further resources available. You can:
- Watch our Mental Health Awareness webinar to learn more about mental health issues.
- Hear from Doug Avery, The Resilient Farmer, talking about how he dealt with difficulties, from debts to drought.
- Download The Little Book of Minding Your Head; a pocket guide to understanding mental health and stress from the Farm Safety Foundation's Yellow Wellies website.
The FCN is the first port of call for pastoral and practical support for anyone in the farming community, with a particular focus on farmers and farming families. The helpline is available every day of the year, 7am to 11pm.
The YANA Project
The YANA Project provides confidential support, mental health awareness and funding for counselling for those in farming and rural trades in Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire and has compiled, published and funded a directory of regional support groups and key national charities which can specifically help those in the rural communities.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
R.A.B.I offers financial support to farming people of all ages facing hardship. Every application for support is treated on its own merit, working with compassion and discretion.
Support is offered on both a short-term and long-term basis, with many becoming ‘full beneficiaries’ of the charity, receiving ongoing payments.
The DPJ Foundation
The DPJ Foundation was set up in July 2016 in Pembrokeshire, supporting those in the agricultural sector. The mental health charity has grown and covers the whole of Wales with all areas of support. The DPJ Foundation works with leading organisations in the sector including NFU Cymru, FUW, YFC, vets and Welsh Government to help provide an accessible and flexible service.
The Addington Fund
The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families in England and Wales who have to leave the industry through no fault of their own. Hardship grants are also available, at the trustees’ discretion, in times of emergency.
RSABI offers practical and financial support and friendship to more than 600 individuals and their families working on the land in Scotland.
Working with people from a wide range of occupations including farming, crofting and growing, the team works to support anyone who asks for help and is within their scope, in the strictest confidence.
Doug Avery, AKA ‘The Resilient Farmer’, runs Bonavaree Farm in South Marlborough, New Zealand, along with his wife Wendy.
Doug has faced numerous challenges over the years, including spiralling debts, drought and earthquakes, all of which led to him experiencing mental health issues. But in the face of all of that, the farm’s income has increased tenfold in the past 10 years and it is now one of the top-performing beef and sheep enterprises in New Zealand.
To help other farmers in a similar position, Doug and Wendy set up a company called The Resilient Farmer, aimed at promoting and assisting other farmers make a similar journey to a more resilient future.
In Autumn 2019 Doug undertook a public-speaking tour of the UK to promote positive mental health and inspire members of the farming community who are looking or needing to change their approach to their business and their personal life.
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.