Over 50 delegates attended the event, representing a wide range of leading businesses who work with farming people on a day-to-day basis. This included teams from the Red Tractor assurance scheme, Krone machinery, and Frontier agriculture.
The wellbeing of women in the farming sector
Invited as guest speaker by organiser and chair of Red Tractor, Christine Tacon CBE, Suzy shone a light on RABI’s role in supporting farming people and the difference we can all make in normalising the conversation around mental health.
She homed in on the most concerning female-related stats from our Big Farming Survey and discussed the specific challenges faced by many women in the farming community – who often work behind the scenes keeping farming businesses going, as well as being involved with physical farm labour and managing day-to-day domestic issues.
Suzy’s presentation prompted a wealth of questions, conveying the collective passion for making a difference to the lives of farming people.
“It was great to meet an audience so receptive to having a conversation around mental health and wellbeing,” she says. “There is certainly a growing acceptance for talking about this topic.”
How to support someone you are worried about
One of the questions from the audience that prompted most discussion was; “I’ve spotted signs that something isn’t quite right – what do I do next?”
Suzy responded: “The most important thing is to start the conversation. It can be as simple as asking people how they are – often this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“From here, the good news is that the process is really simple for helping someone access RABI support services. We have a 24/7 helpline and are there for farming people whenever they’re ready to talk.”
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.