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Farm Stress

Farm stressors can come from many directions including the agricultural system, farm and family finances, mental and physical health challenges, and relationship difficulties. A healthy response to these challenges involves paying attention to the stressors within all of these areas and determining coping strategies that are useful in each area.

Use the playlist below to view our Farm Stress video series, including the 2019 South Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Summit.

All Farm Stress Content

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Dec 10

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Dec 07

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Dec 05

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Dec 03

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Dec 04

Adult Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care.

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: Understanding and Forgiveness During Stressful Times

Harvest is here, where farm families work together to accomplish numerous tasks. However, with unpredictable weather and market prices, time can be critical and intense stress can exist.

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Stress and Mental Health Resources Available to South Dakota Producers, Family Members and Friends

August 14, 2020

April blizzards, wet planting and harvest conditions, low commodity prices, and trade concerns made 2019 a stressful year for many South Dakotans.

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Talking With Teens and Youth During Challenging Times

Youth are regularly faced with uncertain situations, disappointments and potential mental health challenges. It is important for caring adults in their life to be able to know how to talk to them during these times.

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Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Effective stress management techniques can help you approach managing your stress in a healthy manner, such as practicing good time management, having realistic expectations, practicing relaxation techniques, or becoming more physically active.

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Recognizing Symptoms of Stress During Farming Challenges

Fact sheet to help recognize symptoms of stress during a farming challenge.