Suffolk Young Farmers raise £750 for YANA,
(YOU Are Not Alone) Mental Health Rural Project
in Norfolk and Suffolk

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Following a highly successful Tractor Run event organised by Suffolk Young Farmers, ( just prior to Christmas), to raise money for The YANA Project, a presentational evening was hosted by Kingfishers of Crettingham to recognise the efforts of the Young Farmers involved. The owner of Kingfishers Claire Thacker was pleased to support the event, highlighting the importance of engaging with the local agricultural and rural community. Claire, whose family are Farmers in Yorkshire, is only too aware of how issues of isolation, unpredictable weather conditions, poor animal health and many other elements that can impact positive well-being in the farming community and therefore is keen to support a charity that provides such a vital service for those with mental health issues.

The Young Farmers were pleased to raise money for The YANA Project, which supported some of their members to become Mental Health First Aiders, equipping them with the skills , knowledge and understanding to recognise the signs and symptoms of depression. A recent, training course which took place at The Rural Enterprise East centre at Otley College, was the second to be funded by YANA to ensure that those living and working in the rural community can be aware of signs and symptoms and support work colleagues, family and friends. The next course takes place in May in Norfolk, and future courses are planned for both Suffolk and Norfolk. Those who wish to engage with The YANA Project and train as Mental Health First Aiders,

 Contact: johoey@yanahelp.org / or phone 03003230400 for more information.

The presentational cheque was handed over to Sally-Ann Muldoon, (Suffolk Co-ordinator for The YANA Project), by Jenny Maskell the YFC County Organiser, who commented on the ‘open approach’ adopted by Young Farmers to the talk about issues relating to mental health. She said “the YFC  organisation does much to ensure young people are engaged with a variety activities and events that promote friendship, social cohesion and support positive communication”.

Richard Branch, a member of Debenham Young Farmers and County Social Secretary, who was instrumental in organising the Tractor Run event (with an enthusiastic team), endorsed the view that involvement with The YANA Project had “given me a better insight into issues related to identifying stress and depression, and had gained the confidence to signpost those needing support to other services”.

Sally-Ann from YANA stressed, “the money raised by the Young Farmers would support the vital training of other YFC members, to develop the skills and techniques to recognise when help was needed, in order to prevent tragedies in the farming community , that all too often are associated with poor mental health.” She urged those wishing to support The YANA Project could do so by donating online at : Virgin Money Giving ( see website www.yanahelp.org ) for information.

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