FCN cannot wave a magic wand and solve every problem, but we can share the burden, we can listen and understand and we can try to provide and bring in appropriate help and support. Here are some real stories and quotes from people who have been helped by FCN (names have been changed and stories compiled from elements of real cases to maintain confidentiality):

“It is so good to have someone to talk to who understands and who I don’t owe money to and who doesn’t make me feel like it’s all my fault.”

Peter, Farmer, Yorkshire

“Before FCN visited John was showing signs of extreme stress. FCN’s sympathetic and practical attitude was just what he needed and now matters on the farm are much improved. I am most grateful for FCN’s input.”

Farm Vet, South Wales

“After my husband’s suicide FCN supported me and brought in further help from RABI and the Addington housing scheme. They are all brilliant and without them I would not be here”

Gill, Farmer’s wife, Devon

“FCN has been a great help and friend, giving knowledgeable and sympathetic support, and always taking the time to talk”

Jim and Sue, Farmers, Northumberland

“When suffering from stress the doctor sent me to a counsellor and I got nowhere. FCN have caused a breakthrough! We still have some problems with the farm business partnership but FCN have acted as a mediator and helped the situation with their impartiality and sensitivity”

David, Farmer, Suffolk

Case studies are a great way to help us promote the work that we do in the farming community. All FCN cases are treated confidentially, but we are always on the lookout for people who are willing to publicly share their story about being supported by FCN. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact Alex Phillimore on alex@fcn.org.uk

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