A group of farm organizations has launched free online training focusing on farm stress. The groups say the course will help farmers, their families and neighbors identify and cope with stress.
Called “Rural Resilience Training,” it provides participants the skills to understand the sources of stress, manage their own stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources. The challenges of ongoing low commodity prices, trade wars and extreme weather events have dramatically affected farmers and ranchers for years. Add in the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic disruptions and that stress multiplies.
The groups say stress among farmers and ranchers is felt throughout farm operations and seeps into cities and towns across the country.
The training course is funded by Farm Credit with partnership from the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union.