Agriculture can be filled with unique stresses, from fluctuating market prices to unpredictable weather events. As a result of these unique stressors, it's no surprise that agricultural communities have experienced increases in mental health challenges and suicide. New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau in partnership with New Mexico State University and New Mexico Department of Agriculture are here to support agricultural communities to build resilience in the face of these challenges.
Join New Mexico farmers and ranchers as they discuss managing stress and mental health challenges made more difficult by the stigma associated with mental health as well as the pressures of their work. Listen to research-based advice on managing stress and building resilience from an NMSU Cooperative Extension family life and child development specialist. It's time to remove the stigma around discussing mental health by seeking support and supporting others.
Starting the Conversation
Meet New Mexico farmers and ranchers as they discuss the challenges that affect their mental health.
Stress Free You
Learn more about stress and how to manage it with strategies from Matt and Katy Rush.
Farmers' Mental Health Crisis
FFA and 4-H member, Jason Pareo, wrote a speech for his public speaking competition on a subject that is close to his heart.
Short messages and inspiring images to remind us how to help one another.
Change in routines or social activities
Decline in the care of domestic animals
Increase in illness or other chronic conditions
Increase in farm accidents
Decline in the appearance of the farmstead
Decreased interest in activities or events
Signs of stress in children
If you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of emotional crisis, mental health, or substance use concern, you can find help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line or Peer-to-Peer Warmline.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a suicide prevention network that is ready to help 24/7. Available via call or text, by dialing 988, you or a loved one can receive confidential support. Help is offered in both Spanish and English.
Please take a few minutes to answer this brief assessment regarding stress and health in your community. Your responses will be completely anonymous and used to determine the resources that will be developed and provided throughout New Mexico.