Many of the factors that affect agricultural production are largely beyond the control of the producer. Good health, including mental health, is a key factor that contributes to one’s ability to keep farming. Twenty percent of any population has mental health complications, including farmers and ranchers. Stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health issues may mean that many people do not seek out available behavioral health services.
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*If you have a positive response to either of these questions, consider talking to your health care provider about further assessment. You can also access self-screening tools by visiting: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools
Stress is our response to anything that threatens our physical, emotional or financial health or survival. A stressor is an event, series of events that harms or threatens an individual and causes him or her to respond. When we suffer from too much stress, for too long a period of time, it is called distress. Persistent, extended periods of negative stress can precede other issues impacting mental wellness. It is often difficult for people to distinguish between depression and stress.
For agricultural populations, stressful events might include:
Depression is a disorder that affects the biochemical balance of the brain and causes symptoms such as low energy level, sadness, physical impairments, low self-esteem and problems thinking. Depression may be diagnosed when multiple symptoms are present for more than two weeks.
Warning Signs indicating a person may be at risk to harm self or others include:
Anxiety disorders are the most common of all behavioral health conditions. Anxiety includes fears, apprehensive mood, feelings of dread and worried thoughts and behaviors. Some types of anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post -traumatic stress disorder, obsessive – compulsive disorder, and phobias. Untreated anxiety can lead to depression, substances abuse and poor self-esteem.
Suicide comments should never be discounted. Always respond immediately. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
For a medical or life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1
Mental Health America -
US Department of Health and Human Services –
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
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