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Rural Support Trusts are a nationwide network that helps rural people and their families during and after extreme weather or environmental events which affect their livelihoods. This includes pastoral farming, forestry, horticulture and other land based activities. As well as this, many of the trusts also provide their services in times of general hardship.
The services that the trusts provide vary depending on funding and focus, but in general they offer:
Please refer to www.rural-support.org.nz for the services your local Rural Support Trust provides.
If you or someone you know frequently feels frazzled or overwhelmed, you can help protect yourself and others from the stresses farm life throws at you by learning how to recognise the symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce it. This Rural Stress Pamphlet identifies a number of causes of stress and its symptoms. It also provides some practical ways to manage it, along with a list of key contacts for further information and support.
Please call 0800 787 254 (0800 Rural Help) to contact your local Rural Support Trust.
Refer to www.rural-support.org.nz for further information and contact details for Rural Support Trusts.