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Agricultural Programs - Helping Farmers Cope with Stress

Maine Statewide Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-888-568-1112

(Voice/TTY)

If you are concerned about yourself or about somebody else, call the crisis hotline to be connected to your closest crisis center.

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, plant pests, livestock diseases, and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. University of Maine Cooperative Extension recommends the following resources to help farmers and their families who are under stress.

Resources

Agricultural Producers & Stress – When Do You Need a Counselor?
By Randy Weigel, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Available at University of Wyoming’s website; search for publication number B-1124.2.

American Association of Suicidology

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Department of Health and Human Services, Maine.gov

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Are you are in crisis?

Recognizing Farmer Stress, Anger, Depression and Suicide – Thinking and Knowing What to Do Next, a recorded webinar with Dr. Robert Fetsch, Extension Specialist and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Presented by UMaine Extension.

Suicide Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
General information, scientific information, and featured resources.

The Human Side of Agriculture: Managing Tough Times
Colorado State University

The Personal Nature of Agriculture – Men Seeking Help
By Randy Weigel, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Explores how men’s upbringing makes seeking help a challenge, the social and family barriers to seeking help and the characteristics of helping professionals who work well with men reluctant to seek help and what men can do to help themselves. Available at University of Wyoming’s website; search for publication number B-1134.


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