Rural Communities

May is Mental Health Month. 

Mental Health is a serious concern in our rural communities and in the agriculture community.  Rural communities lack many of the mental health resources found in larger cities.  Rural people are often independent and self-sufficient. This mind-set and a perceived stigma around mental health issues may prevent us from seeking help when we need it. But there are ways to manage stress and to address other mental health issues. We in rural communities can help our friends and family, our neighbors, and ourselves access appropriate resources. Learn how at:

Farm Families & Mental Health (EAG-043)

CDC researchers have found that farming, fishing, and forestry are 5 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. Other research has found that 10 to 20 percent of the general population considers suicide at some point. In other words, one or two of your closest friends may consider suicide at some point. But we in rural communities can be there to help. Learn more about how at:

Preventing Farmer Suicides (EAG-042)

Find more resources at these external sites:

Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals from Colorado State University (Williams and Fetsch, 2012)

The Personal Nature of Agriculture (Weigel, 2002)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK. 24-hour, toll-free crisis hotline. En Espanol: 888-628-9454. Tele-interpreters are available for over 150 languages using the English language site.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Treatment Referral Routing Service): 1-800-662-HELP (4357). 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.









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