March 1-7, 2020, is Agriculture Safety Awareness Week, which was created to raise awareness of safety and health issues facing the agriculture industry. One of the week’s themes is mental health.
Professor, Dr. Jeff Bender, director the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), talks about the unique challenges farmers face that may affect their mental health; the signs someone may be struggling with their mental health; and resources available to help them.
“American farmers and their families face a number of challenges. This can include financial hardship and uncertainty, adverse weather events, social isolation, long days and chronic pain. These, coupled with misunderstandings by the general public about their work, can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts,” said Dr. Bender.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 28