In North Dakota, we expect a lot from our bootstraps.  Handling stresses.  Fixing problems.  Farmers and ranchers learn early how to take care of our own challenges.  But life stresses can overwhelm us.  That doesn’t mean we are weak – it means we are human.  Life can get tough at times.  Being frustrated, down, or exhausted does not mean you are failing.  Such feelings are stress signals, like the “check engine” light on a vehicle.  They mean slow down and focus on wellness – your health is your most important asset in farming and ranching.

WHERE TO GET HELP

  • NDSU Extension – Farm/Ranch Stress Resources: www.ag.ndsu.edu/farmranchstress
  •  Together Counseling – in person and statewide telehealth counseling services. Multiple payment options to meet client needs. Call 701-404-0997
  •  ND Regional Human Service Centers – Counseling services available statewide: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/regionalhsc
  • FirstLink Help Line (24-hour helpline, services, referral) Call 2-1-1
  •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (available 24 hours/day – Call (800) 273-8255
  •  In an emergency, call 9-1-1
  • Rural Resilience Training:  As part of Farm Credit’s mission to support rural communities and agriculture during this difficult farm economy, Farm Credit developed training materials focused on mental health and stress management.  https://farmcredit.com/rural-resilience

 

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