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Cooperative Extension: Agribusiness

Farm Stress Management

Need Help Now? Dial 911 for an Emergency

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by dialing 9-1-1.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK)

SC Farm Bureau: Free counseling services for farmers and farm families: 1 (800) 968-8143

Veterans Crisis Line: 1 (800) 273-8255, Press 1

National Suicide Prevention Resources

SC Suicide Prevention Resources

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression or have suicidal thoughts, reach out for help locally:

Taking care of crops and animals is hard on farmers and agribusiness professionals. Caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your farm business. 

The Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is working with South Carolina's agricultural community to provide the resources and evidence-based education necessary to support the mental health needs of our farmers and agribusiness professionals.

 SC Farm Bureau - SC AgriWellness Program

Free counseling services for farmers and farm families.  Call 1-800-968-8143 to be connected with a trained professional More information >>

First Sun EAP - SC AgriWellness Program

We should all have a chance to lead a better life. At First Sun EAP, we provide services to give farmers and their families that chance. More information >>

 

Bring a Mental Health Workshop to Your Community

Thanks to the generous support of South Carolina Farm Bureau, the Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is able to provide in-person workshops or presentations on farm stress and mental health.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop or having someone provide a time-sensitive presentation as part of an already planned meeting or workshop please contact Dr. Adam Kantrovich at akantro@clemson.edu or 803-788-5700.

Farm Stress and Mental Health Articles

Shattered Taboo: Death of a Farm and Resurrection of a Farmer

Farm Stress Management Resources

Farm Stress Management Educational Resources

  • A Five-Step Approach to Alleviating Farm Stress (SDSU Extension.pdf)
  • How to Talk to Farmers under Stress (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Coping with Grief after Losing the Farm (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Opioids in Rural Farming Communities (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Turning Personal Skills into Income (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Stress (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • How Stress Affects You (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Youth Farm Stress (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Responding to Stressed People (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Stress Symptoms (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Stress Management for Farmers and Ranchers (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • Farmer Stress - American Psychological Association Website

Farmer Worksheets and Templates

  • Farming Resource Network Worksheet (K-State Extension .pdf)
  • My Action Plan Worksheet (MSU Extension .pdf)
  • My Coping Strategies Plan (K-State Extension .pdf)

Relevant Articles, Publications, and Podcasts

Support Organizations and Programs

Directories and Resource Guides

Extension Farm Stress Management Websites

Cooperative Extension Agribusiness
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