As Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza continues to infect more farms in Iowa, concern for farmers’ mental health has increased.
A disease outbreak can be emotionally devastating, and while farmers are dealing with the practical and financial implications, they may not be paying much attention to the emotional repercussions.
Iowa State University Extension offers a free “Iowa Concern Hotline” for help and referrals for dealing with stress. A Live Chat feature on the website can also connect you with a stress counselor.
Information on this graphic was taken from the following two articles, which are great resources for farmers and those close to them:
Managing Farm Business and Family Stress (Compiled by Don Hofstrand, material originally written by Colleen Jolly, retired extension family life specialist; Ralph Mayer, retired extension farm management specialist)