In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the American Farm Bureau Federation will host a free virtual event, Farmers Saving Lives, tomorrow (May 31, 2022) at 1 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Eastern.
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.
“Farmers and ranchers continue to feel the adverse effects of stress caused by so many factors beyond their control, such as labor shortages, soaring costs of fertilizers, fuel and other inputs. , extreme weather events and many other challenges,” said Zippy Duvall, President of the AFBF. “We are hosting this virtual event on the last day of Mental Health Month to remind everyone that our work doesn’t stop on June 1 – it continues throughout the year.
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. Farmers, ranchers and other farm managers also have higher than average suicide rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sign up today to hear from advocates for Farm Bureau members who have unique reasons to care deeply about stress and mental health and have taken it upon themselves to do their part to make a difference.
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional difficulties or has concerns about their mental health, visit the Farm State of Mind website at farmstateofmind.org for information on crisis helplines, treatment locators, tips to help someone with emotional pain, ways to start a conversation, and resources to manage stress, anxiety or depression.