Farm Stress and Mental Health


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.


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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:


COVID-19, and Farm and Ranch Stress 

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.

Direct Supports for Farmers

These resources offer a variety of support for farmers including stress hotlines, disaster recovery, opioid abuse resources, and educational opportunities.

Information and Data on Farm Stress and Mental Health

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.

Managing Stress: Resources for the Agricultural Community

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.

Resources for Healthcare Providers Caring for Agricultural Families

The following resources are learning and development tools for individuals serving persons with mental health disorders. Resources include toolkits, webinar recordings, and upcoming trainings.

Suicide Prevention

These resources include suicide prevention hotlines, tools to identify risk, and information on suicide rates in agricultural communities.

United States Department of Agriculture’s Extension Offices: Mental Health Topics

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.