Helping Farmers Cope with Stress

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, plant pests, livestock diseases, and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. Severe depression and suicidal thoughts can be common in our day and age. If you are concerned about yourself or about somebody else, help is available.

Maine Statewide Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline:


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

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has compiled this list of resources for the Maine agricultural community.

Local Resources

  • Maine Suicide Prevention Program: Education, Resources, and Support from the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Maine Warm Line: Offers telephone support during challenging times and non-crisis situations. 24 hours. 1.866.771.WARM (9276)
  • NAMI Maine: Support, education, and advocacy for individuals living with mental illness and those supporting them. NAMI Maine help line, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1.800.464.5767 or 207.622.5767.

National Resources

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


  • 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.
  • After an Attempt
    A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Room.