COVID-19 adds pressure to farmer mental health


COVID-19 adds pressure to farmer mental health

The coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on farmer mental health and National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says having access to resources will be critically important moving forward.  

“Making sure that they have access to farm stress counseling and resources for mental health is going to be important for everybody,” he says. “Stress is unfortunate going to be an ongoing issue for a long time.”

Larew says he’s encouraged that more organizations and farmers are openly talking about mental health.

“We need to continue to make sure we’re checking on everybody and try our best to connect them to resources,” he says. “We are going to need each other.”

NFU continues to work with American Farm Bureau, Farm Credit, Michigan State University Extension, and University of Illinois Extension to offer rural resilience, an online training courses to help farmers and their families and neighbors cope with stress.