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Farm Bureau virtual event focuses on farmer mental health –

Focus on the mental health of farmers. Today is This Land of Ours.

Farmers Saving Lives – Virtual event hosted by AFBF’s Farm State of Mind Campaign
Join the AFBF to hear the compelling stories of three members who believe that championing the mental health well-being of farmers is a way to save lives. Did you know that farmers are dying by suicide at a rate 2 to 5 times higher than the national average? It is essential that we do something to change this statistic! Stress, addiction, loss, financial difficulties, relationship difficulties and all the uncontrollable variables that affect farmers on a daily basis must not win. Something as simple as sharing information, starting a conversation, listening and asking for help can help save a life. Sign up today to hear from Farm Bureau members who each have different reasons to care deeply about this issue, but who have each taken it upon themselves to try to make a difference. The last day of Mental Health Month in May isn’t the end of awareness; it’s the beginning.

In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the American Farm Bureau Federation will host a free virtual event, Farmers Saving Lives, on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The live event will feature compelling stories from three Farm Bureau members who believe that advocating for mental health wellness is a way to save lives in rural and farming communities. Farmers, ranchers and their families are encouraged to participate by phone, smartphone or tablet from planters, harvesters, greenhouses, dairy barns, farm trucks, classrooms and car pool lines. According to AFBF national research polls, a strong majority of farmers and farm workers say that financial problems, farming or business problems, and fear of losing the farm impact farmers’ mental health, and a majority of rural adults and farmers/agricultural workers experience more stress and mental disorders. health problems than a year ago. You can get more information and register for the free event at farmstateofmind.org

Listen to Sabrina Halvorson’s This Land of Ours program here.

Farm Bureau virtual event focuses on farmer mental health

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.