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Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Affecting America’s Growers

By Ted Matthews
Mental Health Practitioner
MN Rural Mental Health
Hutchinson, Minnesota

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Summary: Matthews states that the suicide rate among farmers is among the highest for members of any occupation. For farmers, stress is constant and caused by many sources, including financial needs and obligations, seasonal and weather conditions, pest management, harvest timing and yields, and commodity prices. Matthews addresses a range of topics related to farmers’ stress, anxiety, and depression, including conceptions of mental health and illness, as well as community resources, family dynamics, communication skills, and more. A video featuring Matthews, The Surprising Reality of Depression and Suicide Among Farmers, is available for viewing on the HuffPost website.

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