When extreme stress manifests as a breaking point, like suicide, agricultural communities face unimaginable tragedy and loss. Stress, depression,
Stress, depression, and suicide are on the mind of agricultural communities, where economic, social, and environmental forces challenge the health and safety of farmers, agricultural workers and their families.
In response to a growing concern about the lack of resources and support for farmers, farm workers and families who are facing difficult economic conditions in the region and the higher rates of suicide in rural and agricultural communities, UMASH has been working to build partnerships to stimulate innovation and action.
- 10 Helpful Resources for Farmers (Center for Rural Affairs)
- Finding Answers Now (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
- Coping with Farm and Rural Stress (MN Dept of Agriculture)
- Resources for MN Dairy Farmers (MN Dept of Agriculture)
- Minnesota Farmer-Lender Mediation (MN Dept of Agriculture)
- More Resources for MN Dairy Farmers (MN Dept of Agriculture)
- Farmer Support in MN Slide Deck – ppt file (MN Dept of Agriculture)
- Prevent Suicide Wisconsin
- Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County (also serves Crawford, Grant, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties)
- County Crisis Lines (Prevent Suicide Wisconsin)
- Harvest of Hope Fund (Madison Christian Community)
- Wisconsin Farm Center (WI Dept of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection)
UMASH Partner Projects
To build upon the ideas generated in the Building Resilient Agricultural Communities forum, UMASH invited partnership proposals that would address forum themes and build partnerships in the region to respond to the needs. Sixteen proposals were received and three were selected to partner with UMASH.
UMASH and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) hosted a one-day working forum, “Building Resilient Agricultural Communities” at the University of Minnesota on June 20, 2018.
This event brought together stakeholders from across Minnesota to explore the stress and mental health challenges that farmers, agricultural workers, and their families experience and stimulate new and existing partnerships to identify gaps in community-based programs and health services.
SPOTLIGHT: Stress & Mental Health
SPOTLIGHT: Thoughts & Weeds
Monica Kramer McConkey offers a unique perspective on controlling negative thoughts just as we need to control weeds in the field.
Farm Safety Check: Stress and Wellness
In farming, there’s a lot out of your control, creating stress that can potentially lead to serious impacts on your well-being. Check in on yourself,
Down on the Farm Workshops
The first day of Down on the Farm workshops was held January 30, 2018, at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. Stress factors have been on the rise on farms,
Managing Stresses in Farming in North Dakota
UMASH Outreach Coordinator Diane Kampa attended the Managing Stresses in Farming, Families, and Finances Workshop on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Bismarck
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