Rural communities – farmers in particular – tend to be stoical and self-reliant but without question their mental health is being challenged by the pandemic.

Although farmers often work in isolation, they are feeling the loss of opportunities for social engagement, including shows and other events.

A wave of calls to the Pembrokeshire-based charity the DPJ Foundation has been from younger people struggling with the lack of social contact.

We underestimate the importance of the YFC and the ability to meet up with friends and how this can be a saving grace for any youngster on a farm.

The DPJ Foundation, which exists to support those in the agricultural sector with mental health services, is handling a record number of calls.

Another west Wales-based farm support charity Tir Dewi is extending its reach into Powys, Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy amid rising demand.

Economic stress is nothing new in agriculture but a global pandemic has added a new dimension.

Of the pandemic-related calls the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is receiving, many are prompted by the loss of diversified income and income from off-farm work.

Other callers have challenges with rent and housing, such as losing tied accommodation due to furlough or redundancy.

Milk prices and payments are also a major issue.

The absence of summer events is putting pressure on funding for the charities as these are important opportunities for generating income.

This financial gap will be felt going forward as these charities benefit from collections at events such as harvest services and YFC pantomimes.

A major recession is almost inevitable so they could suffer long after the virus itself has subsided.

To adapt and survive, charities are moving their fundraising online.

It is vital that the excellent support they are delivering is maintained going forward.

Never has philanthropy been more invaluable.