Farmers and ranchers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, they don’t take the same care in monitoring and managing their own mental and physical stress and fatigue. In addition to managing their agricultural operation, producers are feeling the stress of dealing with many important issues such as low commodity prices, uncertain farm policy, and increasing input costs. Even long-time producers are finding it more difficult to not only manage their farm/ranch but to manage their personal life on a day-to-day basis, leaving many searching for a way out. The Northeast Center has been researching available services in each state and will post them on this page as they become available. We urge anyone who may be feeling tremendous strain to seek out help and hopefully these resources will be of assistance.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255); https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/; Crisis Text Line: Text “GO” to 741741;
Veterans Crisis Line – 800/273-8255, press 1; Find Local Mental Health Treatment Services: 877/726‑4727
This link includes multiple resources including suicide hotlines – https://www.agriculture.com/mentalhealth
Ag Legacy – How do You Cope With Anxiety and Stress in your Ag Legacy?
Farm Aid – https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/resources-for-farmers/
AgrAbility – www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health/
Northeast – Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network
Delaware – Linking Farm Vitality and Health
Maine – https://extension.umaine.edu/agrability/solutions-and-resources/mental-health/
Maryland – https://extension.umd.edu/resources#!/category/9/subcategory/25
New York – https://www.nyfarmnet.org/how-we-can-help/
Pennsylvania – Center for Dairy Excellence – https://www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/programs-resources/stress-wellness-resources/
Pennsylvania – PA Farm Link – Healthy Farms, Healthy Minds – Connecting Pennsylvania’s Farmers to Good Brain Health
Vermont – Farm First – https://www.farmfirst.org