Rural Support Trust is helping farmers support farmers

Rural Exchange 21/07/2018

Winter can get us all a bit down in the dumps, and when you have a few odds stacked against you it’s important to reach out for help.

The Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation whose goal is to support rural people when times are challenging.

There are 14 trusts across the country, each run by local people who really know the area and agribusiness, and are trained in providing support.

Many of these trusts have been around since the 1980's and their members have pretty much seen it all.

Neil Bateman is the chairman of the Waikato Trust, as well as the National Council.

Mr Bateman joined Rural Exchange to discuss dealing with stress during winter, and how you can do a little bit to help your neighbours, friends or family.

Need help now? Ring the Rural Support Trust at 0800 787 254.

Other places find help and support:

  • Free call or text 1737

  • Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

  • Healthline  0800 611 116

  • Samaritans  0800 726 666

  • Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757

  • Mental Health Foundation

Watch the full interview with Neil Bateman above.

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