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Nominated for Citizenship award

Emma Jones is a 30-year old mother-of-two from Pembrokeshire. She set up the DPJ Foundation in 2016 after her husband Daniel Picton-Jones took his own life. He was an agricultural contractor who had struggled with his own mental health.  

The DPJ Foundation helps people in the rural community with mental health problems. According to statistics, the risk of suicide for men working in the agricultural industry is almost twice the average.

The charity now runs a counselling referral service for agricultural workers. They launched a 24-hour text and phone service, called Share the Load, in January last year.

Emma, a primary school teacher, also speaks at many agricultural events to raise awareness of their work with others. This includes vets and feed reps who might then be able to recognise signs of mental health struggles amongst their customers.

Emma has also raised around £75,000 to support the work of this charity, who are hoping to extend their services across Wales by the end of 2019.