Jan 24, 2023 - In July 2022 the federal government launched the 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, enabling people experiencing a mental health crisis to connect with professionals and services. The real launch will occur this summer, and rural communities are preparing for an increase in calls by training operators how to provide help to farmers and other rural residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 11, 2023 - The Texas Department of Agriculture is asking the Texas Legislature to sustain funding for the Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Program. This would help pay for a toll-free helpline for workers in the agricultural industry, their families, and people in their communities.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Dec 27, 2022 - Describes two recent incidents that illuminate the urgent need to address mental health and substance abuse problems across North Dakota. Reports that stigma can be a barrier for people seeking counseling in rural communities where everyone knows everyone. (May require subscription to view.)
Dec 21, 2022 - Describes a new study from the University of Georgia, detailing the norms that make it difficult for farmers to seek help when they feel stressed and overwhelmed. Uses data from in-depth interviews with 15 fulltime farmers living in 10 rural counties across Georgia.
Source: UGA Today