Reduced Stigma Regarding Farmer Mental Health

A new poll suggests farmers and people in rural America are more comfortable discussing stress and mental health challenges. The stigma around seeking help or treatment for mental health issues is decreasing, but according to the new Farm Bureau research poll, it’s still a factor.

“Farm Bureau has been encouraging conversations to help reduce the stigma around farmer stress and mental health through our Farm State of Mind Campaign,” said Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “The poll shows we’re making a difference, but there is still work to do.”

Among the poll responses, four in five rural adults and 92% of farmers and farmworkers say they’d be comfortable talking with family and friends about solutions to stress or a mental health condition. The number of farmers and farmworkers who are comfortable talking to friends and family has grown 22% since April 2019. However, 59% of respondents say the stigma of mental health remains.

Click Here for that entire poll from the AFBF.

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