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Resources by Topic: Mental health

The Personal Nature of Agriculture: Men Seeking Help
Examines the factors that can make it difficult for men to seek help for mental health concerns, including barriers and challenges specific to farmers and ranchers. Describes what rural mental health professionals can do to be successful in helping this population.
Author(s): Randy R. Weigel
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
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Stress Management for Women Farmers and Ranchers
Focuses on farm-related stress. Discusses general factors that impact all farmers and sources of stress specific to women farmers and ranchers working in the male-dominated field of agriculture. Discusses constructive ways to deal with stress and the role of social networks in stress management.
Author(s): Kristin Reynolds
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of California Small Farm Program
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Farm Stress and Mental/Behavioral Health
A collection of resources for agricultural workers with disabilities addressing challenges such as depression, stress, addictions, and other mental/behavioral health concerns.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National AgrAbility Project
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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Issue Guide
Learn about the mental health challenges that farmers and ranchers face, with information on the root causes of stress, farmer demographics, mental health needs, and barriers to accessing care. Find tools and examples for developing programs to help address farmer mental health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mental Health and the Impact on Wellness for Farm Families
Identifies symptoms of poor mental health and identifies stressful events that may impact farmers and ranchers. Provides information on when to seek out help and warning signs that a person is at risk.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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Stress and Mental Health
A variety of resources related to farmer mental health, including a poster and checklist for identifying the signs and symptoms of stress.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center
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Agricultural Producers & Stress: When Do You Need a Counselor?
Guidance for farmers about how to determine if they need counseling, barriers to seeking help, and how to choose a counselor.
Author(s): Randy R. Weigel, Hattie Penny
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension
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Ag Health Risk Assessment Tool (AgHRA)
Self-assessment tool for farmers and ranchers focused on physical and mental health. Identifies steps to help reduce health risks. Includes a version specific to women.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals
Lists signs of stress specific to farming, general signs of chronic stress, and signs of depression and suicidal intent. Provides guidance on how to refer a person who may be experiencing stress to get help.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado State University Extension
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TransFARMation
Podcast and radio series focused on increasing awareness of farm stress. Features available resources, insights from experts, and personal stories.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Red River Farm Network
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