"In addition to external support from family members, hardiness was identified as a characteristic of many resilient farm and ranch families," Fetsch wrote, adding that farmers have effective coping strategies such as "a sense of commitment to work together to manage and solve problems."
Among available online resources for recognizing signs of stress and ways to cope:
- Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals (Colorado State University)
- Making Decisions and Coping Well with Drought (Colorado State University)
- Drought stress information from the Disaster Distress Helpline (U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
(Christine Souza is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. She may be contacted at email@example.com.)