Farmers and crofters are being urged to take care of their mental health and seek help when they need it.
The plea from NFU Scotland (NFUS) and rural charity RSABI comes during this week’s Farm Safety Week.
In the UK, one farmer commits suicide every week, however NFUS and RSABI say cases of farmers suffering from mental health issues do not have to end tragically.
A confidential case study, provided by RSBAI, tells the story of Adam who was suffering from stress and urged to contact RSABI by his employer.
After contacting the charity, Adam was visited by a case officer from the charity who listened to the issues, looked at his family’s finances and discussed the options available to him.
“The help and support I have received from RSABI has made such a big difference to me and my family. Knowing there is someone there to talk to has helped my stress levels too,” said Adam, who urged others who are struggling to not ignore their problems and instead speak to RSABI.
The charity’s welfare manager, Mags Granger, said: “We listen, that’s very first thing we do. If someone comes to us directly, we take the opportunity to chat, we can offer services if they need counselling or they just want one of our case officers to go around and visit. We talk about any pressures and look at any practical help we can give towards to alleviating some of these worries.
“Apparently, there is quite a large correlation between people that are suffering from a low mood and accidents occurring. You also might not be as aware of the safety aspects as your mind is being taken up by other stuff. Our helpline is open to anyone working within the industry who needs help. It can be reached on 0300 111 4166.”