Small Bites: Resources for Mental Health

Authored by Coached Polly Shyka and Leslie Forstadt

Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm and family well-being. They are written by coaches from UMaine Extension’s Farm Coaching team. Farm Coaches are available at no cost to work remotely with farmers and farm teams.

Mental Health Resourcesa circle cut into quarters with the words breathe, enjoy, share and take care

We on the Farm Coaching Team express heartfelt care and concern to all affected by chronic stress, mental health challenges, and compassion fatigue.  We wanted to share this podcast from the National Young Farmer’s Coalition that tells the story of people coming together after a tragic loss in the farming community of Washington state.

Here are a few resources that farmers, farm partners, farmworkers, and farm service providers might find helpful to share with others.

We strive to be part of a collective response of stress and mental health support in farming communities. Please consider reaching out to other farmers, farmworkers, and others you know who may be struggling.

If the Farm Coaching program can be of any support, please reach out. We have experienced farmers who are part of the team and who know the stresses of farming inside and out.