Agriculture moves with the seasons, and each season brings both predictable and unexpected events. At UMASH, we’ve been working to support resilience in farmers, so that the agricultural community can navigate each turn and season, many of which can bring stressors.
Based on community work and engagement, UMASH hosted an annual forum in 2018: Building Resilient Agricultural Communities. This forum was the impetus for resource development, three partner projects, community work, and more that targeted the chronic stress in agriculture and how we can be a resilient industry. Megan Schossow and co-authors Diane Kampa and Jeff Bender published a commentary in the Journal of Agromedicine on this work. You can find context and background, details on the forum, the projects that followed, and the early impacts of this work. Read the commentary, published in April 2022.
RESOURCES: Stress and Mental Health
Farming is one of the most physically dangerous occupations and many are injured or die while on the job. Farming is also mentally and emotionally challenging where economic, social and environmental forces confront farm families and rural communities. Add in the implications of COVID-19 and many individuals may feel overwhelmed with the effects of stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions……