Mental Health Minute

Farms serve as both the breadbasket and back bone of America. The country depends on farmers and farm workers to fill our plates and cups with fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, proteins, and dairy products. Farming is a critically important profession, but it is not an industry for the faint of heart. The terms “farm stress” and “farmer stress” are frequently used to refer to the many challenges farmers face.

According to Corteva Agriscience, Farm stress can cause mental distress and contribute to several mental illnesses. Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are just a few of the challenges farmers face.

By learning about the risks and warning signs, farmers can take proactive steps toward improving their mental health.
Consider the resources listed below for farmers who are struggling with mental health challenges.

  1. Take a mental health screen through the Mental Health America site. This is a quick, free, and private way to assess mental health and recognize symptoms.
  2. Talk with your own healthcare provider and/or your insurance provider about connecting with a therapist or counselor in your community.
  3. Farm Aid has a deep understanding of the stressor’s farmers experience. This is an organization which runs a hotline staffed with farm advocate and counselors.
  4. The American Psychological Association has a dedicated sections of its website to Farmer Stress and includes fact sheets on stress and tips on how to handle it.

If you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety or mental health, there are ways to get help. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
Learn more about the Lifeline & 988