It's Good to Talk

Greg Ridout
By Greg Ridout

January 2020

Rather than appreciate a rural vista when looking out of the farmhouse window, it’s all too easy to see all the jobs still to be done and wondering when you will ever get time to do them.

It's Good to Talk

Mental wellbeing has been the focus of much media attention in recent months.  Many industries, whether based in the countryside or urban areas encourage staff to talk about issues, whether financial, health or personal relationships.

Tragically, men account for more than 75% of the UK deaths by suicide, often reluctant to admit to the challenges they face and openly talk about the issues. Whilst most people enjoy the support of family, friends and colleagues, it is often easier to seek advice from someone who is not directly involved.

The farming community are unique in that they usually live and work in the same place, with very little time to switch off and often minimal contact with other people. Rather than appreciate a rural vista when looking out of the farmhouse window, it’s all too easy to see all the jobs still to be done and wondering when you will ever get time to do them. Everyone knows margins in all agricultural sectors are extremely slim at the present time, and combined with a stream of bills landing on the doormat, staff issues, ever-changing bureaucracy – and the unknown being thrown in for good measure, it is all too easy to find yourself in a seemingly over-whelming situation. 

Symonds & Sampson’s practical on-site sales team understand the difficulties and problems faced.  We are professionals from agricultural backgrounds, who can bring a fresh pair of eyes to a challenging situation and if necessary, call on other organisations who may be able to help. 

Sadly, over the years we have been called to assist with issues resulting from family debt, death, divorce and dispute - often referred to as the ‘4 D’s. However, many forget the 5th ‘D’, depression.  Early intervention is key, and talking through options and strategies which can be quickly implemented could prevent a situation deteriorating past the point of no return.

Our agents work closely with Support groups such as the Farming Community Network (FCN), Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) and the Addington Fund, all of whom can offer support.   However, the main message is to take that first step and pick up that phone before it gets to crisis point.  Contact Greg Ridout  or Rachael Holder on 01935 382909.

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