Samaritans teams with rural groups to help relieve stress

The Samaritans is to work more closely with countryside organisations such as the National Farmers' Union and the Rural Stress Information Network as part of a new rural strategy.

The guidelines, to be implemented by Samaritan branches in rural areas, are intended to raise awareness of organisations offering emotional and financial support for people in the countryside.

The Rural Issues Services Strategy: A Plan for Rural Areas has emerged from work undertaken by Samaritans' rural links officers over the past year to liaise with rural agencies and develop plans for increased support provision.

Caroline Davies, director of the Rural Stress Information Network, said: "The strategy will enable the rural stress network to work effectively with the Samaritans, which is the backbone service available 24-hours a day."

A Samaritans' project to enhance the work of the network hopes to get funding from the Government's Rural Stress Action Plan.

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