AgriSafe launched a national initiative, AgriStress Response, to increase positive mental health outcomes among individuals in agriculture, forestry, logging, and fishing. Our goal is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and to increase awareness and access to support for mental health, stress, depression, anxiety, and suicide in agricultural communities.
Check out our AgriStress Response projects:
- The AgriStress Response network on Facebook
- The AgriStress HelplineSM
- The Mental Health Innovations Exchange monthly meetings
- The AgriStress Response partner campaign
FarmResponse is an e-learning training module developed by public health experts in the field of agriculture. This unique training improves the cultural competencies of healthcare professionals working in hotline, emergency, or primary care services.
AgriSafe offers free Invest in Your Health curriculum for agricultural educators on six modules which includes our newest addition on mental wellbeing “Cultivating a Healthy Mind”. We believe that teens should be taught how to identify stress that is unhealthy and coping skills to last into adulthood. AgriSafe provides the Train the Trainer course instruction, training materials, and classroom content all in one location.
The AgriStress Helpline is a toll-free 24/7 crisis response line for agriculture, fishing, forestry, and logging communities, available by call or text in up to 160 languages. Currently this line is available in 6 states (CT, MO, PA, TX, VA, and WY) but our goal is to make it available across all states and territories.
AgriSafe has developed a series of trainings for health care providers to help them better respond to farmers who are misusing opioids in the workplace. These training modules are intended for various health care professionals, including: Physician- AMA; Dental- ADA CERP; Nursing; Social Work; Pharmacy; CHPE (UMMC) and Emergency Medical Services. Learn more here…
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
Farmers experience disproportionate rates of poor health outcomes for physical and mental health. AgriSafe is committed to serving the occupational health needs of BIPOC. AgriSafe invests in personal and professional growth in working against multidimensional aspects of racism, seek diversity in our partnerships, board leadership, staffing, and programs. We recognize the need for critical changes in policy and action towards racial justice and call on our partners to join us in creating this transformation. Review AgriSafe’s working paper on Racism in Agriculture here...
Young Farmers and Ranchers
AgriSafe offers Invest in Your Health (IYH) Trainer Exchanges where educators can be certified to train on six distinct AgriSafe modules (targeted for students ages 14-23). AgriSafe provides the course instruction and training materials; once certified, educators are free to use the training materials in their classroom setting. Our end goal is to build the capacity of local agricultural educators, rural health professionals, and rural leaders to train young workers.
In 2019, AgriSafe launched an outreach campaign to train veteran farmers on occupational risks. The veteran farmer program aims to increase education for military veteran farmers working in agriculture. Stories from the Field are a collection of life stories that inspire other military veteran farmers to improve their health and safety while working on the farm.
Women in Agriculture
Women have significant exposure to agricultural work and therefore related health and safety risks from farm exposures. AgriSafe developed trainings for women that address leading occupational health hazards such as acute injuries, agricultural dust exposures, zoonotic infections, behavioral health, sexual harassment among farmworkers and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes and perinatal illness.
Over the last decade, farmers and farm families have experienced increasing pressures resulting in high levels of stress, mental health, and suicide. QPR training teaches laypeople and professionals to recognize and respond to mental health crises using the approach of Question, Persuade, and Refer.