Stress and Depression Plan of action
Taking Positive Steps to Recovery
If you think you might be suffering from depression, making that first phone call is a major step forward. If you feel you just cannot make that call, ask a friend to do it.
Remember: YANA is here to help. So are your doctor and other support agencies.
You Are Not Alone and do not have to “tough it out”
What to do next?
- The best thing is talk to your own doctor – it's best if a health professional makes the diagnosis of depression. Your symptoms might have another cause.
- Visit your GP promptly: Like any other illness, depression may become worse if left untreated.
- Be honest and say exactly how you feel: Whatever you say will be in total confidence – even if you know the doctor socially. Depression is not unusual and your GP can provide support, referral to counselling, psychotherapy or medication.
- Ensure that you understand your treatment: Take any medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are unsure or don’t feel that you’re getting better, go back again. Remember that modern day antidepressants are not addictive, although you shouldn’t stop taking them suddenly or without the advice of your doctor.
- Call the confidential YANA Helpline on 0300 323 0400: you might have reasons for not wanting to visit your own doctor, want additional support or just need someone else to talk to: we are here to help.
- YANA is here for anyone who works in farming, agriculture or any related profession/job. By calling the YANA helpline you can speak to someone who really understands the industry and its problems. YANA provides unique support and advice for the wide farming community from sympathetic GPs and counsellors. Anything you discuss is “off the record” and totally confidential. Funding for counselling is available to those who live in Norfolk or Suffolk (see Funding page)
- Learn more about stress and depression: More understanding of the illness can help you manage better. You might find it helpful to read one of the books listed on our reading list on our Additional Help page
- Talk to family, friends or colleagues: Don’t feel embarrassed about admitting that you might have depression. It is far more common than you may think and is an illness after all.
- Contact a counsellor: Your doctor will be able to provide details, through the counsellors’ professional organisations list on our Additional Help page or, if you live in Norfolk or Suffolk, you can call the YANA helpline on 0300 323 0400 to be put in touch with the YANA counsellors. Talking therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy or psychotherapy can help you to understand why and how you feel as you do. They can help you develop strategies to change how you think about things and are useful when used on their own or in combination with medication.
- Financial or practical problems? There are excellent support services available specifically for the farming community such as RABI (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution), FCN ( Farm Crisis Network) and the Rural Stress Helpline. You can find further details on our Additional Help page
Remember that You Are Not Alone:
Many people suffer from depression and good help is available.