Studies show the suicide rate among farmers is more than twice that of the general population. So many factors in farming are out of a farmer’s control, and that can be stressful. Wondering if the weather will cooperate, long hours working alone – it can all affect a farmer’s mental well-being.
This is a growing concern that needs to be addressed. Ohio’s #gotyourback Campaign is doing just that, offering resources to farmers through a collaborative effort.
Earlier this year, Director Pelanda sat down to talk with farmers who were faced with the most devastating economic losses they have ever faced from the weather. To put it in perspective, some said they will work an entire year, and never get paid. That’s what our farmers are up against.
Farmers: We want you to know, you’re not alone. We want you to know, there is help available. We want you to know, we’ve got your back.
The #gotyourback campaign was designed to let farmers know that there is help and resources for those going through stressful times. These resources can be found at the website, gotyourbackohio.org.
This is just the beginning in addressing this important issue. RecoveryOhio is now a collaborating partner. Governor Mike DeWine created RecoveryOhio to improve how the state addresses mental health and substance use disorder. The Governor understands what an important issue this is. With RecoveryOhio, we will be able to start moving the process forward of finding ways to connect farmers with mental health experts in their communities.
Our other supporting partners include: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.