Are problems like rising costs, market fluctuations, family conflicts or extreme weather stressing you out and leaving you feeling defeated? Stress affects everyone in different ways. It impacts our mental health and physical health. Ignoring signs that our mental well-being needs a tune up can result in time away from work & increased healthcare expenses. Find ways to manage your stress before it manages you.
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How Stress Can Be Dangerous
A change in appearance or behavior might be the first thing you recognize in yourself or someone else. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms of stress and warning signs of suicide. (These are only some of the signs.)
Signs & Symptoms
- A decline in personal appearance
- Changes in routines or social activities
- Increases in illness or chronic conditions
- Lack of interest in activities
- A decline in the care of pets and livestock
- A decline in the appearance of the farm
- Increases in farm accidents
- A recent loss (emotional, relational, or financial)
Warning Signs of Suicide
- Withdrawal from friends or activities
- Suggesting people would be better off without them
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Drastic changes in mood or behavior
- Giving away possessions
If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has occurred more often. Learn more.
It’s okay to acknowledge feelings of anxiousness, hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide. Tough conversations today could prevent tragedy tomorrow. If you know someone that is experiencing emotional pain or thoughts of suicide…
- Ask if they want to talk and let them know you care about them.
- Listen to them well.
- Familiarize yourself with available mental and behavioral health resources.
- Connect them to help then follow up.
- Reduce access to lethal means, such as fire arms, if you think someone is at risk of suicide.
Click on your state to find a virtual counselor near you.
Stigma gets in the way of us giving or receiving help. But, even the toughest people need help sometimes.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK(8255);
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/; Crisis Text Line: Text “GO” to 741741;
- Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255, press 1; Find Local Mental Health Treatment Services: 1-877-726-4727
- This link includes multiple resources including suicide hotlines – https://www.agriculture.com/mentalhealth
- Ag Legacy – How do You Cope With Anxiety and Stress in your Ag Legacy?
- Farm Aid – https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/resources-for-farmers/
- AgrAbility – agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health/
- Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep
- “Throttle Back on Stress”
- Suicide Prevention Factsheet
Disaster Prep & Recovery Resources
- All Hazards Prep for Rural Communities
○ outlines preparedness and recovery tips and contains checklists to help you prepare for a variety of emergency situations.
- Ready Ag Workbook
○ designed to help farm and ranch owners be better prepared to deal with disasters and catastrophic events that can occur on their farm or ranch.
- After a Disaster Guide Book
○ provides simple information on how individuals, families and businesses can recover from a disaster such as a wildfire, hurricane, severe weather and more.
- Farm Emergency Prep Planning Document
- Financial Assistance
- Hurricane Prep & Recovery Guide Book | Louisiana
- Farm First Aid
- Tree Care Kit
- Water Well Testing | Texas
- Webinar | Tools to Help Manage Financial Risk for Livestock Producers
Now available to AgriLife Extension, Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture, FSA and insurance agents across Texas.
Life in agriculture can bring many stressors, yet producers are often reluctant to seek or receive help. An agent might be the only person a producer is willing to talk to about stress or challenges they face on their farm or ranch. The Kits provide valuable stress assistance and mental health resources for producers and their families. Extension agents can display these items in the office and/or give them to producers directly. Click here to learn more.