Healthy mind – healthy body Wisconsin Strong
As any farmer can tell you, farm life can be demanding and stressful. It’s even tougher now with trade wars, natural disasters, depressed commodity prices, labor shortages, and many other issues weighing heavily on the farm economy. Given these challenges, more and more farmers today are experiencing stress and mental health issues, either directly or by having a friend or family member in distress.
Never underestimate the power of a conversation. A simple conversation just might be the dose of positivity your neighbor needs to make it through a tough day. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to a close friend or family member. People want to help, all you have to do is be open to having a conversation.
“A healthy farm or ranch is nothing without a healthy you.”
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
WI DATCP – FARM CENTER
Healthy Farm = Healthy You
Mental Health Warning Signs
7 Signs of a Mental Health Condition
Change in Feelings or Demeanor – Loss of Interest
Change in Sleeping Habits – Low Energy – Difficulty Interacting
Appetite of Weight Changes – Uncontrollable Emotions
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
Farm Neighbors Care is a social media campaign to support our farmers who are facing stress due to low market prices, poor weather and crop conditions, etc. Farming can be an isolating career, especially if other family members work off the farm.
The campaign asks rural residents to have face-to-face conversations with farmers and agri-business owners. For some, this conversation and check-in may be the dose of positivity needed to make it through a tough day.
Rural Mutual Insurance promises to protect Wisconsin farms, families and businesses and to help rebuild following times of unintended loss. We also understand that not all losses are physical and recognize the importance of Mental Health.