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FARM STRESS?

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Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio. We know our farmers give so much of themselves to keep the industry strong. We also know 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 the well-being of the farm family. 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.

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Everyone experiences stress. Stress comes in many forms – challenges on the farm, chronic disease, or an argument with a loved one. But all types of stressors result in the same physical and emotional burden on health.
Symptoms of stress can also take many forms. Stress may cause physical complaints, such as tension headaches, back pain, indigestion, or heart palpitations. It may appear as poor concentration and difficulty making decisions. Emotional symptoms of stress include crying, irritability, and edginess. And stress can also show up as negative behaviors. Driving a car too fast, overeating, or smoking can all be behavioral symptoms of stress.
To learn more about the impacts of chronic stress, visit Harvard’s Health Letter.

RESOURCES FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT

Man Therapy

Man therapy is an engaging online resource that provides stress management tips for working age men.

Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture 

This interactive, online series helps women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and connecting them with resources that can help them weather stress.

Teens and Young Adults

Teens and young adults face unique challenges as they move from childhood to adulthood and independence. There is help and support available to you as you navigate this time in your life.

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) Mental Health Resources

Stress, depression, and suicide are on the mind of agricultural communities, where economic, social, and environmental forces challenge the health and safety of farmers, agricultural workers and their families.

HELP IN A CRISIS

Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Boards (ADAMH)

These ADAMH Boards are in each community and coordinate local resources to support people who may find themselves in a crisis. Reach out to your local board for crisis help on your area.

Crisis Text Line

Text the keyword ‘4hope’ to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor with this free, confidential service.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Family Support

Farmer's family Wheat

FAMILY SUPPORT

Stress impacts the entire family. Even when parents work hard to shield their family from their own stress, family members are often still impacted.  Children model their parents’ behaviors, including those related to managing stress. Parents who deal with stress in unhealthy ways risk passing those behaviors on to their children. Managing the stress of each family member is important to maintaining a healthy family. Click here for tips on managing stress for a healthy family.

Man Therapy

Man therapy is an engaging online resource that provides stress management tips for working age men.

Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture

This interactive, online series helps women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and connecting them with resources that can help them weather stress.

Teens and Young Adults 

Teens and young adults face unique challenges as they move from childhood to adulthood and independence. There is help and support available to you as you navigate this time in your life.

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) Mental Health Resources

Stress, depression, and suicide are on the mind of agricultural communities, where economic, social, and environmental forces challenge the health and safety of farmers, agricultural workers and their families.

Farmer Veteran Coalition

This national group offers support to America’s veterans who choose a career in agriculture. 

Buckeye Firearms Association - Is Your Safety On?

For gun owners, protecting family and friends involves more than keeping them safe from accident or attack. It also involves being aware of the warning signs of suicide and the steps to prevent it.

Other Resources

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OTHER RESOURCES

Buckeye Firearms Association - Is Your Safety On?

For gun owners, protecting family and friends involves more than keeping them safe from accident or attack. It also involves being aware of the warning signs of suicide and the steps to prevent it.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

The OSPF supports community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention.

Ohio MHAS

Find mental health and substance use disorder resources for providers and families.

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) Mental Health Resources

Stress, depression, and suicide are on the mind of agricultural communities, where economic, social, and environmental forces challenge the health and safety of farmers, agricultural workers and their families.

Addressing 2019 Agricultural Challenges – Resources From Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

CFAES has convened a task force to address concerns and offer the best science-based recommendations for and solutions to the issues growers are facing regarding weather impacts, tariffs, and low commodity prices.

RecoveryOhio

Governor Mike DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to ensure that Ohio act aggressively to address a growing mental health and addiction crisis, and invest in the health and wellbeing of Ohio’s citizens. Learn more about RecoveryOhio and see their recently published report and recommendations.

Get Involved

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GET INVOLVED

We can all make a difference in the lives of others. There are resources to help equip everyday citizens with the skills to recognize and intervene when they see someone struggling. Get involved by exploring some of these training opportunities.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR training prepares people to recognize signs of a mental health crisis and suicide and empowers them to intervene and assist.

Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults

Just as CPR teaches how to help a person having a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.