Farming and ranching are stressful - adverse weather, disease, regulations, volatile commodity prices, family dynamics, and financial worries are constant. These resources can help you manage that stress.
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Constant stress can build and eventually take a heavy toll on your outlook.
Farmers and ranchers are unique business owners. Not only are they self-employed, there is often no separation between home and work. Failure affects not only your business but your whole lifestyle.
If you find yourself or someone you know beginning to exhibit unusual behavior such as lack of focus/motivation, uncharacteristic anger, or alcohol abuse, it may be time to evaluate stress levels and the overall farm/ranch situation. If you feel or see a problem please do not ignore it. NDSU Extension has resources that address the many areas of stress.
People often don’t get the help they need simply because they don’t know where to begin. If you are dealing with thoughts of depression or anxiety talk to your primary care physician and ask about available mental health services. If you don’t have a doctor, here are some resources you can use and services you can reach out to.
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by dialing 9-1-1.
Together Counseling offers counseling-therapy services throughout ND. Multiple Together Counseling therapists have personal backgrounds in agriculture and actively serve families involved in agriculture with counseling support. Counseling services can be provided in-person or also through telehealth counseling which can reach most areas of the state. Counseling services are paid for through health insurance as well as via farm stress grants from USDA offered through partnership with NDSU Extension, which can assist to cover expenses if you do not have health insurance or have limited funds. Call (701) 404-0997 or connect with us online.
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 7520, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. NDSU Agricultural Affairs educates students with interests in agriculture, food systems and natural resources; fosters communities through partnerships that educate the public; provides creative, cost-effective solutions to current problems; and pursues fundamental and applied research to help shape a better world.