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Consortium to Address Problems of Mental Health in Ohio


The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in conjunction with the Ohio Farm Bureau have launched a campaign to provide counseling to farmers burdened by financial and other stresses. An initial event to publicize the initiative took place on September 3rd in Hilliard, OH.


The program is supported by the Ohio State University College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, the Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Pork Council, among other commodity groups.


It is evident that the suicide rate among farmers is more than twice that of the general population and given the stressors associated with delayed planting in 2019, trade disputes leading to depressed prices for commodities and other socio-economic strains, mental health has emerged as a significant issue in farming community.