This past May, our team at the Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence, joined the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Agricultural workers face a multitude of unique challenges and barriers that make them vulnerable to a higher rate of death by suicide. These barriers and challenges range from shifting market volatility to extreme weather events coupled with rising operational costs –as well as many other factors.
Now, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to deepen our current rural agricultural mental health crisis. Our farming and ranching communities are at the heart of Washington’s culture and identity, now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community –no one needs to feel alone or without the information, support and help they need. As the necessity for addressing mental health needs has become more acute, ANR strives to identify resources that offer mental health services, workshops and training, and helplines. If you or someone you know is experiencing excessive stress or thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a confidential crisis support line.
- Stress Management Tips
- Yakima Valley Farm Workers Medical Center (Multiple Locations)
- WSU Agricultural Suicide Prevention Pilot Program
- WSU Agricultural Suicide Prevention Pilot Program is funded through the State of Washington, Department of Health under the provisions of House Bill 2671. If you would like to contribute to the work of raising awareness about excessive stress and suicide prevention in agriculture, please reach out to WSU Skagit County Extension.
- Crisis Text Line– 24/7 – Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor (Links to an external site.)
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: call 1-(800) 273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – 24/7 (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
- Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Promotores Program