Oregon Farm Bureau Working To Address Mental Health Challenges

For many in the Ag industry it’s the elephant in the room: Mental Health.

According to several studies, more and more farmers are struggling with some form of mental health issues, whether that’s depression, suicidal thoughts or something else. Lacy Singhose works with the Oregon Farm Bureau reaching out to producers across the state, letting them know regardless of age, they are not alone.

“And at one point in our lives, I think we’re all going to struggle with something within mental health, and it’s really important to be there not only for yourself, but for others around you, and just making sure that we all can be accepted to talk about our mental health and not be looked down upon.”

Singhose noted Farm Bureau has a program known as Rural Resilience, which is a great starting place for those that struggle with mental health issues, or know someone who does. Singhose said when she talks with the farming community, the biggest takeaway is, “They’re not alone and it’s OK to struggle at one point.  Just be sure you’re taking care of yourself, so you can take care of other people.”

Click Here to learn more about resources available to help you or someone you know struggling with mental health issues.

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