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Personal Issues: Including Health, Stress, Debt and Addiction

The FRC is aware that some farriers will experience a variety of different personal issues. Whilst the Council accepts that these issues are often personal in nature its focus is to ensure that such personal issues do not affect the professional conduct of a Registered Farrier, which could ultimately lead to complaint about the farrier to the Council and / or risk the welfare of equines.

If you are concerned about any aspects of your personal life including health, stress, debt and/or addiction you may consider contacting the following for confidential advice and support:

  • Samaritans – T) 08457 90 90 90 E) jo@samaritans.org Confidential support available 24 hours a day by telephone or face to face in relation to any concerns, including relationship and family problems, loss of job or loss of friend/family through bereavement, financial concerns, stress or overwork. (www.samaritans.org)
  • HSE (Health and Safety Executive) - www.hse.gov.uk/stress/  The HSE is the national independent watchdog for work related health, safety and illness.
  • Saneline – T) 0845 767 8000 (out of hours helpline 6pm – 11pm). Sane exists to provide emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness and can offer practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anyone affected by mental health problems. (www.sane.org.uk)
  • Mind – Mental health charity providing support for anyone with a mental health problem. (www.mind.org.uk)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau – (www.citizensadvice.org.uk) Free, independent and confidential advice in relation to legal, money and other problems.
  • The Worshipful Company of Farriers Charitable Trust 1994 is a charitable, unincorporated charity registered under the Charities Act 1993. The Trust considers applications for assistance from Registered Farriers experiencing poverty, hardship, sickness and suffering.
Please remember that only you can make the first step to seeking support.

In depth information on "stress" and "depression" and techniques for coping with different forms of stress can be found at http://www.vetlife.org.uk/stress-anxiety-depression/find-out-more. VetLife have kindly agreed to share this information with Registered Farriers. However, please be aware the Vet Crisis Helpline is for the use the Veterinary Surgeons only.