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You, Your Health and Response To Rural Stress 2020

What is the most important asset in agriculture? HEALTH. Stress in agriculture challenges physical and mental health. Take a few minutes to learn about the importance of your health in farming, understand key signs of stress, and helpful resources and strategies for responding to stress and improving health.

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Preventing Farmer Suicide: Collaboration and Communication

Farmers face a multitude of unique stressors, such as difficult economic conditions and extreme weather. These challenges have led to a recent increase in the number of farmers taking their own lives. Experts discuss warning signs of suicide and how communities can help farmers and their families address mental health concerns.

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Stress Warning Signs and Coping Resources in Farming and Ranching

Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension family life specialist, shares tips for recognizing signs of stress and coping with stress.

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Four Key Coping Priorities in Managing Farm Stress

Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension family life specialist, explores the use of coping strategies in managing stress and identifies four key coping priorities that can assist you in managing stress in farming and ranching.

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Understanding Key Stresses in Farming and Ranching

Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension family life specialist, talks about understanding and managing key stresses in farming and ranching.

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Need Help Now?

Farming and ranching is stressful – adverse weather, disease, regulations, low or volatile commodity prices, family dynamics, and financial worries are a constant. Stress can build and eventually take a heavy toll on your outlook.

Farmers and ranchers are unique business owners. Not only are they self-employed, there is often no separation between home and work. Failure affects not only your business but your whole lifestyle.

If you find yourself or someone you know beginning to exhibit unusual behavior such as lack of focus/motivation, uncharacteristic anger, or alcohol abuse, it may be time to evaluate stress levels and the overall farm/ranch situation. If you feel or see a problem please do not ignore it. NDSU Extension has resources that address the many areas of stress. 

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Worried! by Alon,

People often don’t get the help they need simply because they don’t know where to begin. If you are dealing with thoughts of depression or anxiety talk to your primary care physician and ask about available mental health services. If you don’t have a doctor, here are some resources you can use and services you can reach out to

Reach Out for Help

  • North Dakota 211
  • Reach out to a loved one – talk about how you are feeling
  • Talk to your friends, clergy, or medical provider
  • Reach out to a mental health provider
  •  (See content at the top of the page)
  • Resources for Farmers and Ranchers and Others (ND Human Services PDF)
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator - A Federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) resource
  • Licensed Addiction Treatment Programs in North Dakota
  • Abound Counseling LSS-ND offers counseling-therapy services throughout ND. Several of Abound’s therapists have personal backgrounds in agriculture and want to serve families involved in agriculture.  Counseling services can be provided in-person or also through telehealth counseling which can reach most areas of the state. Counseling services are paid for through health insurance.  Abound also offers a Charitable Care Program to assist with payment for individuals without health insurance. Call (701) 223-1510 or connect with us online. 

Suicide Prevention Resources

Refer to Your Safety Plan

911 for an Emergency

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by dialing 9-1-1.


If you have questions about these resources, please contact NDSU Professor and Extension Family Science Specialist Sean Brotherson

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Farm Stress Training Recording Available

On March 29, 2018, NDSU Extension and Prairie St. John’s held a video conference training focusing on mental health for North Dakota.

Monica McConkey, Director of Business Development at Prairie St. John’s talks about stressors related to the farm crisis, warning signs related to a behavioral health crisis, skills to communicate support and resources to access help.

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