Farming is a stressful job. Between an ever-changing environment, policy and regulations, finances, and a public health crisis, having a career in agriculture is more stressful than ever.
It is important for our farmers and their families to know that they are not alone. As a spouse, child, sibling, parent, neighbor, church member, business partner or service provider to someone who works in the agriculture industry, we must be observant and aware when things change.
Below are a few warning signs for someone who is experiencing mental stress:
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Feeling depressed
- Problems sleeping
- Emotional instability; irritability
- Dramatic change in body weight and/or appetite
- Feelings of failure
- Substance abuse
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Poor concentration, confusion
- Relationship problems
Don’t let the signs go unnoticed. Listen attentively, talk about what is causing the stress and reach out to a mental health professional. Resources are listed below.
Mental Health Resources
Find a mental health provider through the Mississippi Department of Mental Health
Mississippi Department of Mental Health Helpline (Phone) 1-877-210-8513
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Phone) 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Farm Aid Farmer Hotline (Phone) 1-800-327-6243
- Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741-741 (Text with a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7)
Helpful Online Links
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation – Mental Health