Scottish rural charity RSABI have launched a new helpline for farmers to call if they need a help, advice or support.
The helpline, run out of hours with the help of the Farming Community Network, is a single point of contact for farmers wanting to discuss or seek help with any personal, farming or financial issues.
The phone number is 03001 114 166 and is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
RSABI helps people who, owing to illness, disability, poverty or crisis, find that they are unable to cope.
Some of the issues they can help with are questions about the benefits system and sources of help and advice on farming issues, to discussing emotional or health issues and financial troubles.
“If we cannot help directly, we will know someone who can.”
Nina Clancy, RSABI
Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive, says: “RSABI’s new, single helpline 0300 111 4166 is for anyone, whatever their age or circumstances, who has worked on Scotland’s land and needs a helping hand.
“Just ask, we do more than you think.
“Every year, we work with hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, working or retired, as well as their dependants, who have questions about what they might be entitled to or find they are struggling to cope for some reason.
“We deal with a much wider range of problems than you might think, including the benefits system, mental health issues, business and financial trouble.
“If we cannot help directly, we will know someone who can.
“Scotland’s rural community is rightly proud of its immensely successful record of hard work in tough circumstances, and the fear about losing pride can discourage many of those whom we could help from getting in touch.
“All our calls our confidential and people often tell us how relieved they are to get things off their chest and to find that there is a solution.”