May is Mental Health Awareness Month
American farmers and their families face tough challenges. Economic uncertainties of tariffs, falling commodity prices, and challenging spring weather have compounded farming’s usual stressors. The GPCAH has provided this webpage as a simple resource to help farmers, workers, and their families find ways to get help if and when they need it. If you would like to get involved with promoting Mental Health Awareness Month, please visit https://gpcah.public-health.uiowa.edu/mental-health/.
Please note: This is not a comprehensive guide, so please check with your doctor or call 911 if you need immediate medical attention.
- Farm Aid: 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243) M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., CST
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (1-800-950-6264) M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., CST.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (24/7)
Suicide and the Agricultural Way of Life: What You Need to Know
You may still view this webinar even though it has already taken place. Please visit http://bit.ly/MHAWWebinar.
Presented by Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center
This webinar will help identify some of the risks and protective factors that farmers face related to suicide. It will give attendees some tools and strategies to identify if someone is at risk, to ask difficult questions, and find resources for additional support. The discussion will last approximately 40- 45 minutes, followed by an interactive Q & A period.
This webinar will be recorded and made available after the session for those who could not make the live session or for those who would like to listen again
Presenter Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families across six rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Her background of growing up on her family’s two-generation farm, working the fields during harvest and experiencing the stressors and joys the agriculture way of life brings has brought awareness and insight to her work within the communities she serves. For questions about the webinar, contact Doris Mold, the project leader of the Cultivating Resiliency Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The project was funded by a UMASH partner grant.
Mental Health Screening Tools
Mental Health American Screening Tools: Answer some brief questions to find out if you are experiencing symptoms related to mental health conditions.
- Agriculture Mental Health Motion Graphic: Ag Health and Safety Alliance, Upper Midwest Center For Agricultural Safety and Health
- Suicide Prevention Specialists and Mental Health Care Providers Talk about Suicide Prevention in Rural, Agricultural Communities: Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
- The Surprising Rate of Farmer Suicide: Listen to America: Huffington Post/ Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Understanding Key Stresses in Farming and Ranching: Sean Brotherson, Ph.D., NDSU Extension
- Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities: I-Cash Iowa Ag Safety
- Why Farmers Face Unique Threats from Stress: Farm Aid
- Narcan Entering Safety, Health Plans for Services Supporting New Bedford’s Fishing: Industry South Coast Today
- Building Resilient Agricultural Communities: UMASH
- Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture: Interactive Online Sessions to Help You Weather Stress: UMASH
- Symptoms of stress: Important to talk about situations, help people find mental health resources
- Help Farmers Deal with Stress
- #FarmTownStrong: Together, We’ll Overcome the Opioid Epidemic: American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union
- Farm Employee Management: Health, Stress, and Well-Being: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
- Farm Stress Resources from ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team
- Younger Farmers Look for Ways to Reduce Job Stress: Roanoke Times