Providing a workshop to help farmers de-stress

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. With the unpredictable weather, commodity prices and large debt loads, farmers are feeling stressed out.

Farmers and ranchers should make time for their passions, make time for family and friends and know what stress is. They should never isolate themselves. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

To help lower and even prevent their stress, the Panhandle Extension Center is hosting a workshop.

During this workshop, farmers and ranchers are given tips on how they can be less stressed.

Stress can cause major risks to your health including obesity with autoimmune and cardiovascular disease.

These experts say awareness is key.

“Awareness is usually important in terms of mental health,” said Jean Ann Fischer, Interim Human Science Program Leader. “You want to decrease that stigma and openly talk about stresses that you are going through. There are a lot of individuals out there who have similar situations.”

In terms of stress, experts say to never leave the person to cope themselves.

“If you have something that you love to do, try to make time to do it,” said Susan Harris-Bloomfield, Educator in Rural Health Wellness and Safety. “Spending time with family and friends is huge. I think when we are depressed and stressed, we tend to retreat and isolate ourselves. If there is anything you can do to reach out to family and friends to just be with them and have social contact, you should do it.”

There are many numbers farmers and ranchers can contact for help. That includes;

Rural Response Hotline, 800-464-0258
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line, 800-273-8255, press one or text 838255
Negotiations Program, 402 471-4876
The Boys Town National Hotline 800-448-3000
Nebraska Family Hotline 800-866-8660
SAMHSA National Helpline, 800-662-4357
Nebraska Loss Teams, NElossteam.nebraska.edu.