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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.

Farmer Stress in Georgia: Results of a Survey
Results of a survey measuring type and intensity of stressors affecting Georgia farmers, based on information gathered from 118 attendees at the 2019 Georgia Farm Bureau Convention. Features statistics with breakdowns by demographics, specific types of farming employment, and top stressors.
Author(s): Anna Scheyett
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Georgia School of Social Work
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Assessing Health and Safety Concerns and Psychological Stressors among Agricultural Workers in the U.S. Midwest
Results of a 2018 study of 540 farmers in Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska, identifying agricultural work stressors including chemical and equipment safety, finances, and health concerns such as hearing loss, respiratory problems, depression, and acute illnesses. Examines differences between mail and in-person survey modes, and compares their effectiveness in promoting farm workers' willingness to participate in the surveys. Features demographics and statistics on the types of stress experienced.
Author(s): Kanika Arora, Marsha Cheyney, Fredric Gerr, et al.
Citation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 26(1), 45-58
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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Suicide Rates by Industry and Occupation — National Violent Death Reporting System, 32 States, 2016
Examines suicide rates for major industry and occupational groups and detailed occupational groups. Includes information on suicide rates for occupations that are largely rural, including farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers; agricultural workers; and fishing and hunting workers.
Additional links: Supplementary Table 1: Major Industry Groups, Supplementary Table 2: Major and Detailed Occupational Groups
Author(s): Cora Peterson, Aaron Sussell, Jia Li, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(3), 57-62
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience: A Guide for Extension Educational Programming
A guide for educators focused on programming to reduce risk and increase resilience for farms and farm families. Includes a risk and resilience framework, logic models for programming with three different audiences, tools for assessment and teaching, and teaching resources. Part of the Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience Toolkit.
Additional links: Creating a Thriving Farm Visuals, Descriptions and Stacking Game, Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience Logic Models, Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience Program Planning Tool
Author(s): Bonnie Braun, Maria Pippidis
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: University of Cooperative Delaware Extension, University of Maryland Extension
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Responding to Crisis: Farmer Mental Health Programs in the Extension North Central Region
Provides an overview of programs and resources to address the mental health needs of farmers and farm families in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Discusses outreach efforts in the region and best practices in developing materials.
Author(s): Shoshanah Inwood, Florence Becot, Andrea Bjornestad, Carrie Henning-Smith, Andrew Alberth
Citation: Journal of Extension, 57(6)
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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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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Farm Family Stressors: Private Problems, Public Issue
Outlines the types of stressors farm families experience, the impacts these stressors have, and recommendations for policymakers working to address this issue.
Author(s): Bonnie Braun
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Family Relations
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The Farmer Mental Health Crisis: Understanding A Vulnerable Population
A recorded webinar focused on the mental health needs of farmers. Explains the stressors that farmers face and how to help overcome barriers to seeking mental healthcare. Identifies resources to help psychologists connect with and address the needs of farmers.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: American Psychological Association, Farm Aid
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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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Last Updated: 4/20/2021