|RABI’s regional manager for the South West, Colum Taylor, shares how we’ve supported the ‘Walk with me’ campaign aimed at normalising conversations about mental health.
RABI’s regional manager for the South West, Colum Taylor, has been stepping out to support the #WalkWithMe campaign aimed at normalising conversations about mental health.
This national campaign was launched by Nuffield scholar Chris Manley to encourage people to get out for a walk, at least once a day, to boost their wellbeing and share their experience on social media.
Working together to improve wellbeing
Colum joined Chris on one of his daily walks, sharing his enthusiasm about working together to improve wellbeing in farming communities and reminding people of RABI’s range of support services and how to get in touch.
“It was great to join Chris for a stroll around Taunton, learn more about his motivation behind setting up #WalkWithMe and show RABI’s support,” says Colum.
“I admire Chris for being open about dealing with depression and sharing what’s helped him for the benefit of others.
“He found that getting out for a walk everyday has a positive effect on his own mental health, and actually, it was much easier to offload his feelings to someone else when walking side by side with them,” Colum says.
“Chris shares our passion as a charity for helping more farming people access help when they need it, and it’s brilliant he is sharing his story to support others.”
Farming people across England and Wales have been joining in with the #WalkWithMe campaign on social media, including well-known farmer Will Evans.
“Even if you’re taking a walk on your own, perhaps in a quiet rural area, you can see others across the country doing the same on social media,” says Colum.
“These photos and videos help people to feel connected – which is so important in farming communities, where we know people often feel isolated,” he adds.
Colum and Chris recorded their own video while out walking. You can watch this here.
Opening up conversations about mental health
Addressing the worrying levels of poor mental wellbeing within in the farming community is a key driver for RABI. We’re continuing to work towards breaking down the barriers that prevent people from accessing help when they need it.
“Asking for help is still too often viewed as a weakness, rather than a strength,” says Colum.
“However, the more we talk about our own wellbeing, and encourage others to do the same, the less stigma there is attached to these conversations and it becomes easier for people to come forward and seek help when feeling low.”
Could you, or is someone you know, benefit from our free, online, confidential counselling and mental wellbeing support accessible from any mobile device?
How RABI provides support
People can get access to support in a number of ways. There is RABI’s Click & Chat counselling support option, which is confidential, free of charge and available from any device.
Alternatively, they can call our free 24/7 helpline if they want to be put in touch with a regional support manager who will tailor a support plan to each individual based on their specific circumstances. This might include professional information, advice and guidance relating to benefits, housing, financial budgeting, or managing personal debt. Furthermore, they will advise as to whether RABI would consider support via a financial grant, for personal finances where appropriate, and help you complete the process.
Our professional team are always here to take your call on our free, confidential helpline: 0800 188 4444.