You are not alone

Published on: 8 March 2022

Many PCC members live in rural parishes and are part of the farming community. YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a mental health charity that has been supporting people working in agriculture and related rural businesses locally for the last 13 years.

We work to improve mental health amongst those working in the sector through:

  • Providing a confidential helpline & free counselling;
  • Building a better understanding of mental health to reduce stigma and encourage conversations;
  • Investing in Mental Health First Aid training;
  • Running a national suicide prevention campaign called ‘7 Tractor Facts to Save a Life’.

In 2021 we provided 204 hours of free counselling and received a staggering 80% more calls to our helpline than the previous year. The pressures that farmers and farmworkers are under are well documented and it is no surprise that support services are hearing increasingly about the struggles people face.

If you, or someone you know, feels unable to cope, is feeling down or having thoughts about self-harm or suicide, talking can really help. The helpline number is 0300 323 0400 or email

People often visit their church in times of trouble even if they are not regular churchgoers. If you would like some leaflets or posters with details of YANA’s helpline to put in your church, please email

YANA will be running more Mental Health First Aid courses in 2022. These are ideal for people who have regular contact with those working in the sector; if you would like to find out more, please visit

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