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Sad numbers: Farmers taking their own lives is at a rate 2-5x higher than the national average

Between 2000 and 2020, the self-harm rate increased by 46% in non-metro areas compared to 27.3% in metropolitan areas. Circumstances such as natural disasters, extreme weather events, financial instability, market fluctuations, labor shortages, trade disruptions, and other factors all contribute to significant stress for farmers and ranchers who often live in isolated settings.


It's vital to recognize that mental health is a significant matter in the agricultural community and to offer support and essential resources for those facing emotional and mental challenges. If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional difficulties, don't hesitate to seek help. Here are some helplines available:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (888) 628-9454


Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988


Source: American Farm Bureau and National Library of Medicine




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