the stress associated with their farm, ranch or agribusiness?
Maybe we can help.
Members of the AFR/OFU Farm Stress Management Team are fellow Oklahomans who understand the unique challenges of production agriculture. They’ve ridden market highs and lows, dreaded calls to the bank, and wondered how they were going to make it through another year. They’ve been where you’ve been.
If you or someone you know is dealing with these issues, please call 405-218-5591. You’ll reach a live person who has dealt with agriculture’s ups and downs and is ready to help.
If your situation is immediate or dire, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.
As part of the 2020 Farm Stress Management initiative, National Farmers Union is partnering with other national farm organizations to provide an online course that will help family members, friends and neighbors address the farm stress crisis in their communities.
The course focuses on the skills needed to understand the sources of stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources.
Course participants will learn to:
-Understand sources of stress
-Recognize warning signs of stress and suicide
-Identify effective communication strategies
-Reduce stigma related to mental health concerns
-Connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate resources
The course is available to all AFR/OFU members at no cost.
AFR/OFU is a partner in the Farm Aid Farmer Resilience Initiative, which provides assistance through $500 spot grants that can help farmers meet household and other necessary expenses. If you or someone you know in the farming community is having difficulty with everyday bills or expenses, contact AFR/OFU State Secretary Paul Jackson at 405-218-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.