May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many resources are available to rural Missourians to help with ongoing stresses, but sometimes it is difficult to find them. University of Missouri Extension and its partners through “Together We Can” are working together to help farmers, their friends and families, and rural communities find practical resources. Resources are found at the MU Extension “Show-Me Strong Farm Families” Facebook Page.

Sometimes health care resources are not located in rural areas. Barriers such as transportation, cost and stigma create barriers. Farmers, who are self-employed, may not have insurance coverage for mental health issues.

Week 3: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Individuals experiencing a mental health crisis may not even realize it. Identifiers of someone who may be at risk include: change in routine, decline in the care of animals, increase in illnesses, increase in farm accidents, or decline in appearance of farm.

Learn about signs and symptoms of stress on the farm or ranch.

Check your symptoms through a free screening.

Stress can surface in the form of physical, emotional/mental, or behavioral/relationship changes depending on the person and the situation. Learn more about recognizing stress

It is important to know the warning signs of suicide. If you or someone you know experience any of these, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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