John is in his early forties and is married with two young children. He works as a self-employed joiner and also manages a small farm. He invested a lot on modernising the farm and has hire purchase agreements for machinery as well as bank loans.
He has fallen behind on his loan and mortgage payments and his farm was at risk. He had become increasingly worried, was feeling depressed and had been contemplating suicide. He contacted Rural Support because he was anxious and frightened.
What did Rural Support do?
- One of our counsellors worked with John to deal with his thoughts of suicide and to help him get support from his GP and other organisations.
- A farm business mentor helped John to find ways of reducing costs and improving income from his farm. The mentor also examined the options available to John, which would allow him to service his outstanding loan & debt.
- We put John in touch with Make the Call and Advice NI to ensure that he was receiving all the grants & benefits that he was entitled to.
- We supported John throughout the process, ensuring that he had contact details for 24-hour support in case of need.
- Once improvements had been made and things started to become easier John felt more confident and he had a much happier home life.