Idaho FFA Stands Up For Rural Mental Health

Agriculturalists are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health. From finances to work isolation, there are several factors that cause stress on individuals working in agriculture. The Idaho FFA Association recognizes the threat of mental health on farmers across our state. We challenge our members to reach out to producers in the hopes of supporting their mental health.

How to take Action:

Write notes: It only takes a couple of seconds out of your day to write a note of kindness to a local farmer! Little acts of kindness go a long way!

Baked goods: Baked goods put a smile on anyone's face! Take some time to bond with your chapter and make some baked goods and deliver them to a local farmer as a small token of appreciation for their hard work. Be sure to shake their hand and say thank you!

Invite them to come to an event: Agriculturalists love to see what FFA members are up to! Invite a local farmer/rancher to your next chapter meeting or big event. 

Show them alumni opportunities: Does your chapter have an alumni chapter? Some farmers and ranchers may be interested in supporting local FFA chapters. Gather brochures and pamphlets that help showcase potential opportunities they have to help their local chapter and be a part of a supportive alumni chapter.

Mental Health awareness week: Does your school have a mental health awareness week? If so, find ways to incorporate rural mental health awareness into it. If your school doesn’t, your chapter can start one! 

Social media: Over 70% of the world’s population uses social media, so use it to your advantage. Highlight local farmers/ranchers on your chapter’s social media on a monthly basis.

Get Educated: Learn more about this growing issue in rural communities through these links!

http://www.farmbilllaw.org/2018/11/19/what-usda-is-doing-to-address-mental-health-farmer-suicide/

https://www.agdaily.com/insights/aaea-panelists-discuss-farmer-mental-health/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnlxe_ZbqAE

https://www.fb.org/newsroom/new-national-poll-shows-impacts-of-rural-economy-on-farmer-mental-health