Mental health in the rural community and the sad facts of rural suicide


It is a desperately sad fact that more than one farmer a week commits suicide.

The key factors at the moment are Brexit and bad weather.  Grain yields could be up to 40% down.

1% of all suicides in England and Wales are farmers.  The majority not surprisingly are men.

Shotguns one of the most common usages for committing suicide.


There is a link on the Rutland App to the Samaritans should you feel the need to speak to some.  We also have a number of an amazing mental health professional who are there to help.  If you or anyone you know has thoughts of taking their own life do seek help – it really is there.


NFU work with FCN and RABI most commonly as charities able to offer some support during difficult times to farmers, but they have had difficulties in being able to go and actually see the farmer, which is what is needed usually, due to lockdown.

Following the advice issued on the 16th March in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff as much as possible, MHM will be moving all support services to telephone only support.

All GP and DWP advice and navigation drop ins have been cancelled until further notice.

All our Recovery Workers will endeavour to offer telephone support, advice and guidance to all our clients as much as possible during these difficult times.

Covid-19 Support for your Emotional Wellbeing. Please visit here for the latest support in the Leicestershire area.

Referral line:0300 323 0189
24 hour Helpline:0300 323 0187
Postal address: The Crescent, 27 King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RX
Opening hours: 9am til 9pm, 7 days a week.
This service covers Charnwood, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, and Rutland.
Download a referral form

Rutland County Council mental health support

LAMP ADVOCACY for Leicestershire and Rutland



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