Perhaps no one understands the word uncertainty better than the farmer, who puts nature in motion each season, planting or calving, then responds to forces beyond control, such as weather and markets.
To work this business, you must be comfortable with a certain level of uncertainty.
But sometimes it becomes too much. Financial hardship, never ending work, loneliness, substance misuse, sickness, family discord, badly timed equipment failure — in a normal year, there are countless stressors that can bring the strongest farmer to the breaking point.
And 2020 is not a normal year. Effects of the COVID-19 virus have rippled across agriculture. It is the reason we've seen an increase in crises center calls, and the reason we are sharing these resources.
Keep these numbers and share them as needed.
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 24/7 Mental Health Support Line
Crisis text line: text "PA" to 741-741
Farm Aid Hotline
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
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.
Questions related to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania? Visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.