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It’s no secret money worries can negatively affect your mental health. Feeling anxious and worried is normal when you’re struggling with money and financial uncertainty, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic. 

It’s easy to get stuck in a vicious cycle of stress and it can feel like there’s no escape - taking back control of your finances may seem impossible and constant worrying can just make it feel worse.

 

Although it can feel overwhelming, there is help and resources available. There are very few financial situations that are impossible to resolve.

 

1.

The Money Advice Service, set up by the Government, offers free and impartial advice.

The Money Advice Service can give you the advice you need to help improve your finances and its budget planner puts you in control of your money and only takes 10 minutes to fill out!

 

2.

The Dairy response fund is opened for eligible dairy farmers to claim up to £10,000.

 

Defra has set up a fund to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact COVID-19.

The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close. Find out more here

 

3.

There is a further £6 million fund to support farmers seriously affected by February’s floods.

 

Eligible farmers and landowners can apply for between £500 and £25,000 under the Farming Recovery Fund to support their recovery efforts. Find out more here.

 

4.

The FCN’s FarmWell website has a dedicated page with information around a range of other financial aid available. Including details of the job retention scheme, bounce back loans, small business rate relief and much more.

The Farming Help charities (FCN is a member) also provide a range of support for farmers. Depending on the charity, this can range from one-off and regular grants to provision of feed, bedding and other essentials. Find out more here.

 

5.

Join FG Editor Ben Briggs and Head of News and Business Olivia Midgley for weekly thought-provoking and light-hearted debate around the key issues affecting farming.

In episode 7, Suzy Deeley from RABI talks about the strains farmers are facing, Emma Picton-Jones is joined by Philip Wilson of FCN, to discuss the signs of struggling mental health and what help is available right now
Listen here.

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