The physical and emotional toll of these circumstances are feeding a growing incidence of depression and anxiety among farmers, as evidenced in the results of a poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Farming is stressful—this year proves challenging for even experienced farmers. However, it’s important for you, friends and family to remember that stress on the farm should be just that—stress on the farm.
As the various factors in agriculture weighs on producers, conversations surrounding mental health and suicide awareness are becoming more common, as experts and others try to remove the stigma around mental health.
Health is the most important asset for any operation, says Sean Brotherson, an Extension specialist at North Dakota State University. He shares a few ways to prioritize your health, especially in times of crisis.
Social withdrawal is a key thing to watch for in our friends now, but with social distancing , that’s hard to see, says Val Farmer, a clinical psychologist and author. It's important to get your friends talking.