Rural Stress

If you need to talk to someone, please call the Rural Response Hotline at 800-464-0258 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Working on the farm and ranch can have its challenges. With coronavirus impacts on top of wars, natural disasters, depressed commodity prices, labor shortages and other factors it’s no surprise that more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health issues.

Rural Stress Training

Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers, providing them with the skills to:

  • Understand the sources of stress,
  • Identify effective communication strategies,
  • Reduce stigma related to mental health, and
  • Learn the warning signs of stress and suicide.

Any Farm Bureau member can register for this free online training.

Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and suicide, effectively communicate with people under stress, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns, and connect farmers and ranchers with resources.

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