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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 23, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that their farm stress management online training course is now available to the general public. Developed by Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and University of Illinois Extension (Illinois Extension), the course will help farming communities identify and cope with stress.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 3, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) launched the Farm State of Mind campaign on their website, which aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural and farming communities. Includes information on AFBF's Rural Resilience Training Program, an online training program to help those who interact with farmers and ranchers recognize signs of stress and offer resources.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
May 20, 2020 - Addresses the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America's farmers as they face additional stress and financial instability. Mental health advocates worry about the effects the pandemic will have on farmers and their families, including the potential for increased suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Source: Side Effects Public Media

Last Updated: 6/23/2020