With the challenging environment facing agriculture today, farmers and ranchers are experiencing increased stress levels. This added stress can negatively impact a person’s mental health. At Nebraska Farm Bureau, we want to see farmers and ranchers succeed.
It is important at a time like this to be observant, both for yourself and those around you. It is possible that a family member or neighbor is in need of help but doesn’t know where to turn. Changes in a person’s mental health status don’t typically happen overnight. There are almost always early signs of trouble. Here are a few to look for:
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Feeling depressed
- Emotional outbursts
- Problems sleeping
- Dramatic changes in weight or appetite
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of failure
Throughout Farm Bureau’s history, we’ve always looked out for our members’ best interests and have worked hard to help. In keeping with that tradition, here are some resources to help farmers and ranchers deal with stress in their communities, their families, and their personal lives.
If you need to talk to someone please call the Rural Response Hotline at 800-464-0258 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.