Mental health in agriculture is a hot topic at the moment, and for good reason. Farmers are particularly vulnerable to developing anxiety and depression, and experiencing suicidal thoughts, due to the nature of farming. Isolation, uncertainty, market volatility, high risks – it's tough out there for farmers.
This episode features conversations between Ag Annex associate editor Alex Barnard and Adelle Stewart of the Do More Agriculture Foundation, and Shane Anderson of the Tough Enough to Talk About It program. They discuss what risk factors increase mental health challenges for farmers, the importance of starting a conversation, and what to do if you or a friend or family member is experiencing high levels of stress.