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Farm Stress: You don?t have to do it alone.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday October 12, 2022
DSS Media Contact: Steve Long,, 605.773.3165

Farm Stress: You don’t have to do it alone. 
PIERRE – Today is National Farmer’s Day and any South Dakota farmer or rancher will tell you that farm life can be demanding and stressful. Symptoms of stress can run high in agriculture, especially during times of unpredictable weather and volatile markets. Additional stressors may include farm and family finances, mental and physical health challenges, family tension and other relationship issues.
“Each year on National Farmer’s Day we take time to thank our hardworking farmers and ranchers for everything they do to feed the world,” said Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Secretary Hunter Roberts. “We also recognize how stressful their jobs can be and strongly encourage our producers to reach out for help if they need it. No one should wait to be in a crisis to seek the care they need.”
Chronic stress can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental health. It can lead to depression, anxiety and even thoughts of suicide. Prolonged stress can lead to impaired thinking.
Some symptoms of stress include:
“Those who work in our state’s largest industry do not have to do it alone,” said Department of Social Services (DSS) Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill.  “There is help available to deal with stress and other mental health challenges”.
It is not always easy or comfortable to ask someone how they are doing in stressful times, but often, people will feel relieved that someone noticed, that someone cares. This might be all it takes.
Here are five steps to help start the conversation:
If you see or hear signs that someone you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge, be the one to reach out. It might be enough to save a life. Additional resources available to farmers and ranchers include:


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