Mental Wellness Resources for the Agriculture Community
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recognizes that farmers and their families have unique circumstances that may contribute to loneliness, sadness, stress, or depression and hinder someone from seeking professional treatment for their mental health. Living and/or working on a farm can be isolating, rural areas have fewer therapists, and the work on a farm never stops.
Feelings of stress, sadness, numbness or hopelessness are symptoms of depression that should not be ignored. Anyone, at any age, can experience these feelings and deserves treatment.
Families, friends, and community members may notice signs of declining mental health including:
- Decline in care of crops, animals, and farm
- Deterioration of personal appearance
- Withdrawing from social events
- Increase in farm accidents
- Change in routine
- Increased physical complaints
- Increase in alcohol use
- Giving away prized possessions
If you are experiencing negative feelings or know someone who is, we encourage you to talk about it and seek treatment from one of the resources listed below.
The Department of Human Services offers free crisis counseling through the Support and Referral Helpline. Anyone feeling stressed, overwhelmed, alone, or anxious is encouraged to connect with a free crisis counselor by calling 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600. Or text "PA" to 741-741. Trained professionals are available 24/7.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is considering suicide, help is available. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741-741.
A Plain Communities Helpline is also available through WellSpan at Philhaven at 717-989-8661. The Plain Communities Outpatient Clinic provides high quality mental health care that is sensitive to the values of the plain sect community.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A comprehensive hotline that connects callers with local resources including crisis services, food assistance, and clothing.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357) – 24/7 treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 – 24/7 crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers this advice for talking to someone who is at risk.
Have an honest conversation:
- Talk to them in private
- Listen to their story
- Tell them you care about them
- Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide
- Encourage them to seek treatment or contact their doctor or therapist
- Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice
If a person says they are considering suicide:
- Take the person seriously
- Stay with them
- Help them remove lethal means
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Contact one of the resources below to talk with a trained crisis counselor
- Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room