Online mental wellbeing service

RABI is partnering with Kooth PLC to provide a new online mental wellbeing service for farming people.

Kooth PLC specialises in creating online resources hubs to support positive mental wellbeing. For 15 years, they have been the UK’s leading provider to the NHS in online mental health support. Their team of experienced counsellors create a safe environment and offer an integrated approach to positive mental health.

This new RABI tailored service offers emotional support and online counselling to those in the farming community. Two platforms are available: Kooth, for young people aged 11 to 17, and Qwell, for those aged 18+.

Kooth and Qwell’s counsellors understand the unique issues and difficulties the farming industry faces. They have training in different counselling approaches and are BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited, allowing them to meet individual needs and preferences.

Counsellors are available from 12pm-10pm Monday to Friday and from 6pm-10pm at weekends. Drop-in and pre-booked sessions are available.

What else will you find?

  • Information and advice - including a range of self-care articles for you to download
  • An online magazine - an option for you to share your stories and experiences
  • Regular online forums – a chance to chat to others in a safe environment about issues affecting you and other topics you are interested in. These forums often act as a first step towards accessing further support
  • A messaging function - to contact the counselling team for information and advice

A safe space for young farmers

To complement the site, RABI has partnered with Kooth to deliver a wellbeing service for young farmers. The online platform is available for those aged 11 to 17.

In addition to the features outlined above, this platform will include a daily virtual journal for users to log their thoughts and feelings, and a mini activities hub to inspire other creative ways to explore emotions. Activities include drawing a song, learning breathing techniques, creating a ‘good mood’ playlist and more.

The online magazine and discussion boards feature helpful tips and personal experiences from other young people. Content on the site is moderated and age restrictions are in place to keep children and young people safe.

Kate Davies, Wales YFC Chairman

Kate Davies, Wales YFC Chairman

Roger Kerr, Chief Executive, OF&G

Roger Kerr, Chief Executive, OF&G