Stressed Out? Here Are Some Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Brian Paff

May 15, 2020

Farming is full of challenges that can take a toll on your mental health, even under the best of circumstances.

But particularly in these uncertain times—as a global pandemic impacts just about every aspect of life, including commodity markets and the food supply chain—identifying ways to support mental and emotional wellness is critically important for farmers.

May is Mental Health Month, and in some ways it couldn’t have arrived at a more timely moment.

With that in mind, we at Farmers Business Network® want to offer you encouragement and provide you with some resources to remind you that you are not alone.

Take time to practice self-care

As the stressors associated with farming mount, finding time and space to care for yourself can feel increasingly difficult.

But it’s precisely because of these stress factors that you need to practice self-care in the first place.

There are plenty of resources out there that can help you cultivate practices that nurture mental and emotional wellbeing. Find routines or rituals that are going to work for you.

Here are just a few ideas that can help you take care of yourself:

Whatever you do, remember that taking time for self-care better equips you to care for those around you and manage the challenges you face each day.

Find strength in a support network

When working through mental health issues, it’s all too easy to feel alone. And those feelings of isolation might be even more intense right now as some of the social networks you’re used to connecting with—from morning coffee to religious services to events in your community—may have all experienced varying levels of disruption depending on local response to the pandemic.

It’s helpful to seek the support of others. Reaching out to family or friends is a great place to start. After all, they know you well and care deeply about your wellbeing.

Commit to sharing some of your struggles with people you trust and talk through ways to address some of the challenges you are facing.

Furthermore, there are online forums and groups designed for farmers that can offer you added sense of connection and remind you that you aren’t alone in these endeavors.

As an FBN member, you can navigate to the Community tab in your FBN app in order to connect with other farmers, post questions on any variety of topics and provide support to others.

FarmAid has a hotline (1-800-FARM-AID) and a dedicated support team who can connect you with resources as well as local or regional networks set up to help farmers succeed. It’s available during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET).

Sometimes circumstances in life can feel overwhelming, even when you’re doing your best to care for yourself and are surrounded by a strong support network. It’s important to know there are trained professionals available to listen and help in times of crisis, both for you and for your loved ones.

A licensed counselor or therapist will be well-positioned to listen to you, provide resources and help you develop strategies for supporting mental and emotional well-being.

Your insurance provider should be able to explain your coverage and help connect you with an in-network professional near you.

Some counselors and therapists even offer virtual visits, which can help address some challenges posed by geography or schedule.

In the event that you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate support, here are three resources that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

It’s important for you to know that you are never alone. There are people—family, friends and others—who care deeply about you and want to help you achieve greater mental and emotional well-being.

Health coverage designed for farmers

If you’re looking for an affordable health plan for your operation that includes mental health services, take a closer look at coverage options available through FBN Health.

Learn more about FBN Health Insurance and get a free quote from one of our insurance brokers—no FBN membership required.

FBN does not offer traditional health insurance. But while we do not offer traditional health insurance, we do offer FBN Health. FBN Health is marketed by FBN Insurance LLC. FBN Insurance LLC is not a licensed insurance company or agency and its employees and representatives are not licensed life and health insurance agents. Policies marketed by FBN Health are level-funded group health benefit plans offered and administered by Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. (“BPA”) and Employers Business Alliance ("EBA") and available only where BPA and EBA are licensed." If you submit the Get A Quote Form, a licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you on behalf of BPA or EBA. You cannot obtain coverage under a health plan until you complete and submit an application for the plan and your application is approved and accepted by BPA or EBA. Eligibility and benefit exclusions and limitations apply.

FBN Health is currently available in all 50 states.

Brian Paff

May 15, 2020

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