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Farm Stress: You Are Not Alone

Date and Time: October 19, 2020, 7:00 PM CT

Location: Onaga Community Center, 100 Union Pacific Dr, Onaga
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"The trouble is, as farmers, we're supposed to be these tough guys who run from daylight to dusk, nonstop, and we can put up with anything. But man, these last couple of years, it's been a struggle." Those are the words of a young Kansas farmer about the struggles of being a farmer. Farming is stressful even in a good year, but in a bad year (or two or three) stress can turn to sickness, both physical and mental. Erratic weather patterns, low commodity prices, high input and labor costs, heavy regulations, changing trade policies, and generational and cultural shifts in rural life can lead to anxiety, isolation, irritability, relationship struggles, depression, addiction, and even suicide. According to the American Farm Bureau, 82% of farmers say mental health is important, but few are comfortable talking about it. This presentation hopes to break the silence, get past the stigma, and talk about mental health and farming. Presented by Nancy Thellman*

This presentation is part of Humanities Kansas's Crossroads: Change in Rural America Initiative.

Sponsored by: Onaga Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Linda Roggenkamp
(785) 844-0340
http://https://www.facebook.com/Onaga-Historical-Society-1742220376089128/

 

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