With the kickoff of the #gotyourback campaign, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is moving the topic of mental health on the farm forward. The initiative, of which Ohio Farm Bureau is a proud partner, was created to let farmers know they are not alone in their struggles and to give them resources to seek professional, confidential help when stresses on the farm become overwhelming.
“So many factors in farming are out of the farmer’s control,” said Dorothy Pelanda, ODA director.
“Wondering if the weather will cooperate and working long hours alone can all affect a farmer’s mental health and well-being.”
Earlier this year, Director Pelanda visited with farmers across the state who were faced with the most devastating economic losses they have ever experienced due to the excessive wet weather during the planting season.
“Many of them told me they felt as if they had the weight of the world on their shoulders,” Pelanda said.… Continue readingRead More »