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#gotyourback Campaign addresses farmers’ mental health

So many factors in farming are out of a farmer’s control, and that can be stressful. Wondering if the weather will cooperate, long hours working alone — it can all affect a farmer’s mental well-being. The mental health of Ohio’s farming community is a growing concern that needs to be addressed and Ohio’s #gotyourback Campaign is doing just that, offering resources to farmers through a collaborative effort.

The #gotyourback Campaign Kick-Off was held this week at Weber Farms in Franklin County and included comments from Dorothy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Lori Criss, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Nathan Brown, farmer and Ohio Farm Bureau Board Member.

Supporting partners include: RecoveryOhio, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.

Resources are available at agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/gotyourback/.

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