Farm Credit Releases Free Online Course to Help Farmers Cope With Stress

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A couple of weeks ago, we shared some resources for farmers concerned about maintaining their mental health during these – and other – stressful times. As new resources are announced, we’ll be sharing them, too.

The newest resource comes from Farm Credit of the Virginias, which has just released an online course to help farmers and rural residents cope with stress.

Read more and register online.

from Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farming is a stressful job, even in good times. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic turmoil have only added to farmers’ stress. Rural communities face challenges like isolation, lack of mental health professionals and perceived stigma around seeking help for mental health concerns. Farmers, ranchers and rural community members need appropriate resources to help manage their own stress and support their friends and neighbors.

The Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training, funded by Farm Credit, aims to help individuals understand sources of stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, reduce stigma related to mental health and connect people to resources.

This training was developed through a partnership between the Farm Credit Council, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Farmers Union (NFU), Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and University of Illinois Extension and funded through the Farm Credit national contributions program.