Supporting rural communities

CLA East attended an event hosted by mental health charity YANA
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An event held in Ipswich has highlighted the vital work of YANA - a charity that is helping those involved in farming and other rural businesses who are affected by stress and depression.

The well-attended reception at Trinity Park included a supportive speech from the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk Clare, Countess of Euston. The event was an opportunity to highlight the range of support services that YANA provides. With 1 in 4 people in the UK likely to experience poor mental health, the work of YANA has never been more important.

YANA Charity Manager, Emma Haley, said: “As a charity that is rooted in East Anglia, we know there are many people in Suffolk who do not know of the mental health support YANA provides but are likely to need it. The Not Alone event was about raising awareness of the ways in which YANA works with others, to help reach more people in agricultural and rural businesses East Anglia.”

YANA offers Mental Health First Aid Training Courses for those working in rural industries in East Anglia to help people spot the signs when someone is struggling and to understand how best they can support them.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Membership Relations Manager Duncan Margetts has attended the training and says it has given him the confidence to help others when they need it. “Any of us can face challenges with our mental health and I feel it is important for there to be a network of people you can turn to that will understand how best to help you if you are struggling. I feel privileged to have been trained by YANA and I know the skills I have developed with prove incredibly important in my role.”

If you need to talk, or are concerned about someone, YANA is by your side with its helpline and counselling: 0300 323 0400 or

More information about the YANA offers Mental Health First Aid Training Courses can be found here.