Farmers and ranchers in the U.S. have demanding jobs that are often compounded by economic uncertainty, vulnerability to weather events, and isolation. Rural agricultural communities may also have limited access to health and mental healthcare services, which can make it difficult for farm and ranch families to receive support when they are experiencing extreme stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health crisis. Like chronic pain, poor mental health can make it difficult to manage other stressors that are common in farmers’ lives.
Due in part to the stresses faced in farming, agricultural workers have high rates of suicide. This loss of parents, siblings, children, and spouses can be avoided – if you or someone you know is experiencing excessive stress or thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a confidential crisis support line.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line Text HEAL to 741741
In addition to the ongoing challenges and stressors of farm life, farmers and their businesses are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They face challenges related to their own stress, the health and safety of their families and employees, and a wide range of financial concerns, such as disruptions to food supply networks and the foodservice industry. There are many resources available to help you cope with this trying time. Here, we want to share a few resources for your health and wellness, including several related to coping with COVID-19. COVID-19 Resources for Farmers is a collection of resources provided by the Washington State University Skagit Extension to help farmers and communities funded through the State of Washington, Department of Health under the provisions of House Bill 2671.