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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Who and How: Exploring the Preferred Senders and Channels of Mental Health Information for Wisconsin Farmers
Presents a study on the dissemination of mental health information to farmers. Farmers were surveyed on how they would like to receive this information and who they think should present it to them.
Author(s): Josie M. Rudolphi, Richard Berg, Barbara Marlenga
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(20), 3836
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 10/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Defining the Rural Health Care Professional Role in Assuring Total Farmer Health
Presents the results of a "virtual think tank" on farmer and rancher mental health. Participants answered questions on farmer mental health disparities and access to mental healthcare.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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Preventing Farmer Suicide: Collaboration and Communication
Video focused on farmer mental health. Discusses the stressors impacting farmers, such as difficult economic conditions and extreme weather. Features experts explaining the warning signs of suicide and how communities can help farmers and their families address mental health concerns.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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U.S. Ag Centers Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Promotional Toolkit
Shares resources for a Mental Health Awareness month campaign tailored to meet the needs of rural, agricultural communities. Includes graphics, a customizable news release, and social media messaging.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers
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Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits
Discusses the financial and other challenges farmers face that impact their mental health. Highlights the efforts of the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet, which work to improve farmers' mental health and prevent suicides.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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American Farm Bureau Federation Rural Stress Polling Presentation
Summarizes the results of a survey of rural adults, farmers, and farmworkers regarding mental health. Includes statistics and data describing access to mental health resources, mental health concerns for farmers, ways to reduce stigma, general impressions of mental health, and more.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Farm Bureau Federation, Morning Consult
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Suicide Rates by Major Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012 and 2015
Examines suicide deaths by occupational group for men and women aged 16-64 years from the 17 states participating in both the 2012 and 2015 National Violent Death Reporting System. Includes information on suicide rates among male farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers and among male agricultural workers.
Additional links: Erratum, Table 2
Author(s): Cora Peterson, Deborah M. Stone, Suzanne M. Marsh, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(45), 1253-1260
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Aging: Health and Community Policy Implications for Reversing Social Isolation
Summarizes discussions from a stakeholder meeting regarding reversing social isolation among rural seniors. Highlights three objectives: a common understanding, actionable solutions, and awareness. Discusses the economic and health impacts of isolation for aging rural residents. Covers policy recommendations.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Rural Health Research Recap: Rural Behavioral Health
Summarizes key findings from the Rural Health Research Centers' most recent rural behavioral health projects. Discusses mental illness prevalence in rural areas, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among rural children, access to behavioral health services in rural communities, and rural behavioral health interventions. Provides links to each of the referenced source documents.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Hotlines and Mental Health Screenings Provide Needed Support
Mental health hotlines and mental health screenings offer critical support in getting people the help they need in a timely manner.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mental Health Resources for Farmers and Ranchers
A collection of articles from Successful Farming magazine that address mental health, stress, depression, and suicide.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Successful Farming
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Farmer Resource Network Online Directory
A directory of 750 organizations that work directly with farmers nationwide on a wide range of issues, including crisis assistance, financial counseling, legal needs, and more.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Farm Aid
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Farm Aid Resource Guide for Farm Crisis Support
A collection of resources to help farmers in crisis. Includes resources to address legal needs, resources for socially disadvantaged farmers, mental health resources, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Farm Aid
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NIOSH Ag Safety Centers
A directory of National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) centers that conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation's pressing agricultural health and safety problems.
Type: Directory
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Managing Farm Stress
A collection of resources addressing different aspects of farmer mental health. Includes information on the impact of stress, stress management, youth farm stress, opioids, and coping with grief after the loss of a farm. Also offers financial and management guides and other information for helping farmers in need.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan State University Extension
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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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Mental/Behavioral Health Issues
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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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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Farm and Ranch Stress
A collection of resources addressing issues related to farmer mental health. Includes information on stress and stress management, coping priorities and resources, and background information on the sources of stress in farming and ranching.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: North Dakota State University Extension
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Rural Resilience
A collection of resources and information for farmers addressing stress and mental health. Identifies warning signs of stress and steps to help someone at risk.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Farm Bureau
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Farm Crisis Center
A collection of resources to help farmers deal with stress. Includes hotlines, directories, mediation information, and disaster assistance resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Farmers Union
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Offers free and confidential support for people in distress, suicide prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) or chat via the program website. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Type: Hotline
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Farm Aid Hotline
Confidential assistance for farmers experiencing distress or in crisis. Call 1-800-FARM-AID (327-6243), email farmhelp@farmaid.org, or fill out an online request form. Hotline is answered between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time by Farm Aid staff.
Type: Hotline
Sponsoring organization: Farm Aid
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Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
Resources and best practices to develop rural suicide prevention programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
Resources and best practices to develop rural mental health programs, with a primary focus on adult mental health. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Cooperative Extension System
Provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and access to resources and tools on a variety of topics including enhancing rural community capacity and health and nutrition.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Farm Town Strong
Website details information and resources to support agricultural communities affected by the opioid epidemic. Presents crisis hotlines, links to treatment centers, prevention resources, and prescription drug disposal for rural agricultural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union
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Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Community Health Toolkit
Provides rural communities with resources and information to develop a community health program. Includes information on how to identify and implement a program, as well as guidance on program evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mental Health First Aid
Details a public education program to assist the public in identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Provides a "Find a Course" link to access mental health first aid instructors who will train residents in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Council for Behavioral Health
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2-1-1 Information and Referral Service
Provides a free, confidential information and referral service for help with employment, food, housing, healthcare, addiction prevention programs, and counseling.
Type: Hotline
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Last Updated: 12/3/2019