Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – News
News stories from the past 60 days.
Dec 2, 2019 - Presents an overview of a survey taken by farmers in 3 counties of rural Wisconsin on how they prefer to receive mental health and agricultural safety information. Results show farmers prefer to receive mental health information from experts, their family members, and friends, and prefer face-to-face communication and newspapers as the method of delivery.
Nov 25, 2019 - The Department of Agriculture reports an increase in calls to its Farm and Rural Helpline and more visits on the web version in the past few months. Describes how this year's harvest season has affected the mental health of farmers and their families and includes additional resources for support.
Source: Ag Week
For Farmers in a Mental Health Crisis, It's Often Tough to Seek Help. A Colorado Program Aims to Begin Conversations.
Nov 6, 2019 - Agricultural communities in Colorado are seeing increased suicide rates as they face financial instability and mental health challenges not found in other areas of the state. Features a rancher whose father died by suicide and the work she is doing to bring mental health resources to local rural communities.
Source: Colorado Sun
Oct 27, 2019 - Describes ongoing research on the mental health of agricultural workers and analyzes the difficulty of calculating farmers' suicide rates. Farmers face unique struggles, such as added pressure and deadly work conditions, programs offer mental health training for family members and health facilities so they can support agricultural workers they come in contact with.
Source: Daily Eastern News
Last Updated: 12/3/2019