Farm Stress and Mental Health
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) team is dedicated to addressing rural mental health and recognize that the agricultural community encounter unique challenges related to the accessibility, availability, and acceptability of mental health services. Specific training and resources have been developed to address mental health and suicide among agricultural workers and their families. Unless otherwise specified, “farm” and “farmer” refer to ranchers, farmers, farm managers/owners, and agricultural workers.
- Farm Stress: Facts, Impact of COVID-19, and Resource and Training Needs of Mental Health Care Providers
- Depression, Alcohol and Farm Stress: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Rural America
- Talking Farm Stress Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Podcast
Our Past Training Events
- Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities
- Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities
- Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities
- Compassion Fatigue: Farm Stress and the Mental Health Provider
- Hands-on Tools and Strategies to Assist Providers Working with Farmers
- Introduction to Farm Stress: Mental Health Needs among Diverse Farm Populations
- The Economics of Farm Stress
Additional Farm Stress and Mental Health Resources
There are several resources available that provide summaries of agricultural mental health concerns, up-to-date data visualizations, and toolkits for addressing barriers to mental health services for farmers, farm managers/owners, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families.
Resources have been organized by topic:
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional stress on farmers and ranchers, harming financial stability and increasing isolation. These resources consider the impact of COVID-19 specifically.
These resources offer a variety of support for farmers including stress hotlines, disaster recovery, opioid abuse resources, and educational opportunities.
These resources provide information and data on topics related to farm stress and mental health including demographics, the agricultural workforce, the opioid crisis, suicide rates, health care professional shortages, disasters, and others.
Stress management is an important skill for workers in high stress fields like farming and ranching. The following resources offer strategies for recognizing and managing stress.
The following resources are learning and development tools for individuals serving persons with mental health disorders. Resources include toolkits, webinar recordings, and upcoming trainings.
These resources include suicide prevention hotlines, tools to identify risk, and information on suicide rates in agricultural communities.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds state and county extension offices. These offices provide local resources on managing the financial and emotional stressors of farming, among many other topics.