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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. 

Worried! by Alon, www.flickr.com/people/photoloni/
Worried! by Alon, www.flickr.com/people/photoloni


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

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.

Contact

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

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