Assisting farmers and ranchers under stress

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Local farmers and ranchers are communicating about coping with stress related events.

Farmers and ranchers are learning how to build awareness around stressful conditions, how stress can impact their health and how to find help. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

These farmers are ranches are learning how to build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers, learn stress triggers, identify signs of stress, and review helpful techniques for responding, learn techniques for identifying, approaching and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively and learn where to find additional help.

Stressed can be caused by financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues and production challenges.

It is important for farmers and ranchers to talk to others about their situations to prevent isolation.

“It’s important to understand what you can and can’t control and to not think about the things you can’t control because what good is that going to do,” said Susan Harris-Bloomfield, Educator in Rural Health, Wellness and Safety. “I always say worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

If you are interested in setting up this workshop, you can email Susan Harris-Bloomfield at susan.harris@unl.edu.