The Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding rural communities to stand side by side with those suffering from poor health, ahead of World Suicide Prevention day (Thursday 10 September).
Close to 800,000 people globally die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Indeed, there are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting to take their own life.
Speaking from his farm in North Wales, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “These are difficult times we live in. Many farmers and those living in rural communities often find themselves working alone for most of the day or feel isolated. There are so many uncertainties, stresses, and worries, putting pressure on us that might leave us feeling that we can no longer cope.”
Mr Roberts added that even though those not feeling so good are encouraged to speak up and seek help, sometimes they feel they can’t and it is important therefore to come together as a community, family, and friends.
“Sometimes those suffering from poor mental health don’t want to talk about the things that have them feeling the way they do. So if you notice that a loved one is sad, not quite themselves or withdrawn - reach out to them. Ask them how they are feeling, listen to them, and reassure them that these feelings can be overcome. Together we can make progress in preventing suicides but we must stand side by side and lose the stigma that sadly still clings on,” he added.
Organisations that offer help and support include:
DPJ Foundation: Call 0800 587 4262 or If talking on the phone isn’t your thing you can now text if you would like support Text 07860 048799
Samaritans: 116 123 or Welsh Language Line (Llinell Gymraeg): 0808 164 0123
FCN: 03000 111 999
RABI: 0808 281 9490
Tir Dewi: 0800 121 4722