A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

Farm Stress & Mental Health: Where Can You Turn?

Compiled by:
Sarah Cato, Communications and Special Projects Coordinator, National Agricultural Law Center
Grace Vehige, Communications Specialist, National Agricultural Law Center
Anna Mathis, Communications Specialist, National Agricultural Law Center

The U.S. Center for Disease control has ranked agricultural professions as having among the highest suicide rates across the country. Because of this, state cooperative extension services, departments of agriculture and other organizations have created mental health resources, such as stress management fact sheets, specifically for rural and farm families. Further, many states across the U.S. have state-specific helplines or mobile task force units designed to help individuals facing an emotional crisis, or even contemplating suicide, receive the help they need. The primary aim of this compilation is to connect individuals and families with state specific mental health resources and available contacts, as well as with resources both geared specifically toward farm and rural families and also for the general public. Click on each state to access the information specific to that area.  Compilations for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are also available.  Further, a compilation of resources and contacts available across the country can be found here.

    • If you or someone you know is struggling, please call/text/chat the number 988 to be connected with a mental health crisis counselor anywhere in the United States.
    • If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911.

This compilation is based upon work supported by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.