MORE young people are contacting the Farming Community Network (FCN) for help in handling the stresses and strains of rural life.
Now the FCN and the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) are running a survey to raise awareness of mental health issues and the support available to rural communities.
FCN's chief executive, Charles Smith, said: "Over recent months, we have noticed a gradual increase in the number of calls to our helpline from younger people.
"So we are eager to understand more about the particular issues facing young people in the countryside, so that we are better able to support them."
And NFYFC's vice chairman of council, Claire Worden, added: "Given the current climate many of our members will be concerned about their future within the agricultural industry.
"And they could be feeling the pressure to make some big life decisions. Perhaps they are worrying about taking over the family farm and the responsibilities this entails, or concerned about the rising costs of feed, land or rural housing.
"There are so many factors that can lead to stress, and we are working with FCN to raise awareness of the support and guidance that is available and to encourage young people to seek help before the problem escalates."
Studies confirm about one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, and farmers in particular are classed as being at a high risk of experiencing problems.
Financial pressures, livestock disease and poor harvests are often highlighted as particular difficulties for the agricultural community, alongside issues such as rural isolation.
The survey is available through both organisations' websites.