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    Last updated on July 18th, 2022 at 06:41 am

    For the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, dial 988 or use the Live Online Chat.

    If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

    Mental health is vital to overall Total Farmer Health. Mental health and physical health depend on each other. Productivity in agriculture requires a sound mind and body. When one or both are not functioning fully, your work and business can suffer. Ignoring signs that your farm equipment is not working properly can lead to more expense, down-time, and equipment loss. Ignoring signs that your mental well-being needs a tune up can also result in less time running your production, increased healthcare expense, and may eventually spillover to other parts of your life, including farm workers and those that you work so hard to care and provide for.  

    Many of the factors that affect agricultural production are largely beyond the control of the producer. But one thing you can control is your health decision making. Good health, including mental health, is a key factor that contributes to one’s ability to keep farming. Mental health complications, including for farmers and ranchers, is common. But stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health issues may mean that many people do not seek out available behavioral health services.

    SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)

    Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

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