How can RSABI help if you're struggling with your mental wellbeing?
12 May 2021
As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 10-16 May, we thought it was a good time to share some of the ways RSABI can help if you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing.
One of the ways we can help you is by providing emotional support. And in the last financial year 67% of the people we helped received emotional support.
But what do we mean by emotional support? It can be listening to someone and supporting them on a helpline call. We receive calls from people experiencing a wide range of issues and talking them through with someone non-judgemental and impartial can be really helpful.
We also have a call out service for those who are feeling low or lonely, and we’re currently making regular calls to around 150 people in the agricultural community. We check in with people, see how they’re feeling and have a chat.
All our helpline staff and volunteers are mental health first aid trained and provide a confidential listening ear. They’re a kind and caring team who understand the pressures and challenges of farming and crofting.
When someone comes to us feeling stressed or down we often find there is a reason behind this – for example it could be financial worries, business issues or a breakdown in a relationship, or a combination of factors. We can help you move forward by offering practical support which could include helping you to access mediation, a business review or debt advice.
If needed, we can help you to access counselling and many of the people we support find this invaluable in helping them move forward. If cost is a barrier we can also provide one-off grants to cover the cost of a series of sessions with a trained counsellor.
It really is okay to not be okay – and there is lots of help and support out there. Talking about how you’re feeling is so important – whether that’s talking to your GP, friends and family, or a support service like RSABI.
If you’re feeling low, lonely or stressed please don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a ring on 0300 111 4166. The helpline is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm. Outwith our normal working hours (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm) our helpline is staffed by volunteers from the Farming Community Network.
And if you want to help us support people in the agricultural community who are struggling why not consider making a regular donation through our Supporter Scheme. You can sign up from just £2 a month, which could cover the cost of six helpline calls over a year making a real difference to someone who needs our help.
Providing emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector including farming, crofting and growing.
The Rural Centre
West Mains of Ingliston
The helpline is free to phone and open 24/7, 365 days a year.