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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Aug 26, 2020 - Discusses the mental health issues faced by farmers and their families, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Highlights examples of how America's food producers manage their stress, includes information on a television special on farm stress and mental health aired August 27, 2020.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jul 27, 2020 - The House and Senate passed the Seeding Rural Resilience Act as an amendment of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Seeding Rural Resilience Act would require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide voluntary stress management training to employees at specific agencies, create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA public service announcement to increase awareness of farm and ranch stress and destigmatize mental healthcare in rural communities, and encourage collaboration among state and local government agencies to determine best practices for responding to mental stress.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

Last Updated: 8/27/2020