Every day, farmers take meticulous care of their animals and crops, ensuring they are healthy and safe. Yet farmers need support to manage their own stress and fatigue. This stress can become especially intense when an on-farm injury occurs, commodity prices are low or natural disasters decrease yield.
Whether these stresses come from a financial issue or the stresses of everyday life, MSU Extension can help. If you’re concerned about yourself, a family member, a friend or a neighbor, MSU Extension has a suite of resources and educators that can help identify and manage stress. Among other offerings, you can:
- Connect with a teletherapy professional
- Read the latest farm stress news from MSU Extension
- Take a free, online farm stress course
- Sign up for MSU Extension's pilot farm stress text-messaging program
- Explore MSU Extension's farm financial resources
- Watch the "Bury Seeds, Not Stress" series of free recorded webinars, which cover everything from the mental health stigma facing men to signs of stress in farm youth
- Contact MSU Extension's farm stress specialist for more information
Need help now?
If you need immediate assistance or are facing a potential emergency, there are services you can connect with right now. Explore our list of resources, services and information here.
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learned how to recognize signs of depression, suicide and mental illness
improved understanding of current agricultural financial situation
participants from 23 states attended the Farm Stress Management Summit