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Campaigners call for better mental health services for rural communities

ITV reports that campaigners are calling for more mental health support for people living in rural communities amid higher-than-average rates of depression and suicide remote areas

The article notes that rural professions including agriculture face particular mental health challenges, with some arguing the low visibility of mental health services in these communities leads to a culture of self-reliance which can prevent people from seeking support early.

According to the Farm Safety Foundation, one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide and figures from the Farm Safety Foundation found 81% of farmers under 40 believe that mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today.

The article explains that those living in rural communities have less access to key services, with mental health support often concentrated in areas of high population, while limited public transport makes access to services that do exist in rural and remote communities harder.

Full article:

ITV - 'It can feel very lonely:' Campaigners call for better mental health services for rural communities

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