Many ag-related headlines this past week stated that the drought will continue through the end of 2012 and will probably affect next year’s crop as well. This news adds more weight on farmers’ shoulders as they go through harvest with fingers crossed and as much optimism that can be mustered.
An article on Wallaces Farmer’s website “Drought has toll on farmers’ mental health,” Roberta Schweitzer says “add a months-long drought and many producers could be vulnerable to mental and behavioral health problems.” She is a mental health expert and former assistant professor of nursing at Purdue University. There is a link in the article to Schweitzer’s webinar, “Mental/Behavioral Health Resources for the Drought Aftermath.”
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has compiled some excellent resources to help farmers get help. Visit the ISUEO “Dealing with Disasters” webpage for help with many topics affected by the drought including crops, livestock, dealing with stress, home and yard, financial concerns and tips for businesses.
It is important to take care of yourself first and to seek help if you need it.