RALEIGH, N.C. — The reality is that a farmer’s work is never done.
Long days every day of the week can result in frustration and tension. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Think about how you can create a work environment that attracts, excites and retains the best employees.
A proactive approach to ease concerns centered around the reality of long hours and potential burnout is better than, well, burning out. Click here to read an article about work-life balance to help get you started.
You are not alone. If you’ve got deeper concerns about the physical or mental health of a farm family member, an employee or if you’re struggling, please reach out for help using the resources below.
The N.C. Agromedicine Institute offers the Farmer to Farmer program:
Stress, anxiety or loneliness got you down? Need to talk to someone confidentially who’s non-judgmental and understands farming?
Farmer to Farmer provides peer support for farmers and farm family members experiencing difficult times. Peers are farmers/farm family members or others working in agriculture that have received special training in peer support.
In immediate crisis? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. No need to disclose personal information, call to talk with someone immediately that is ready to help.
–Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS