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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 1, 2021 - Describes how extreme drought conditions have impacted the mental health of Colorado's farmers. Summarizes research that found the farmer suicide rate has increased as drought conditions worsen. Discusses how a lack of behavioral health services in agricultural and rural communities compounds mental health issues.
Source: Cronkite News
May 11, 2021 - Describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and identifies challenges to mental healthcare, such as stigma and lack of services. Highlights efforts and legislation to improve mental health services offered to rural residents and destigmatize mental health needs and resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 3, 2021 - The American Farm Bureau Federation launched Farm State of Mind, an online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers, and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. The directory includes listings for crisis hotlines and support lines, counseling services, training opportunities, podcasts, videos, published articles, and resources in every U.S. state specific to the needs of those in agricultural and rural communities.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

Last Updated: 6/7/2021