The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Registered Charity Number: 208858

About the charity

RABI’s aim is that no member of the farming community should face adversity alone. We provide advice, practical, financial and mental health support to farming people.

What our grant will help to fund

In October 2021, RABI launched the largest ever research project relating to the wellbeing of farming people – the Big Farming Survey. From the 15,000+ respondents, almost one half (47%) experience anxiety. Over one-third (36%) identified as probably or possibly depressed and over one-half of women (58%) experience mild, moderate or severe anxiety. Almost one in five in the farming community (19%) know someone who has attempted to take their own life. This has a devastating ripple effect on the farming community.

Despite the widespread experience of depression and anxiety, it remains a tough subject to talk about and we therefore need to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and the barriers to seeking help.

In January 2022 RABI introduced a ground-breaking and first of its kind counselling service tailored to the farming community. Anyone connected to farming can receive free therapy from professional counsellors. This support could help between 20 – 30 people receive several counselling sessions over the phone, via video call or in person, depending on their preference. This is all completely free of charge. This type of timely intervention and support can make a profound difference to the lives of farming people.

“Financial difficulties, stress, mental wellbeing and physical health are all interlinked. If someone is struggling in one or more of these three areas, it can quickly impact the others. This free of charge counselling service by RABI can change people’s lives for the better and be the help that so many desperately need.”

Leanne Sinclair, Trusts and Fundraising Officer at RABI

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