MACON, Ga. — After the holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving to the charitable organizations that mean the most to you. The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is seeking donations on Nov. 30 to help strengthen programming, such as farmer mental health research.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people with mental illness say the holidays make their conditions worse. The GFA is committed to finding answers and effective solutions for farmers who are struggling.
Early next year, GFA will distribute a statewide mental well-being survey to collect detailed information as part of its efforts to better assist farmers and farm workers. This is a follow-up to the eye-opening pilot survey GFA conducted this spring in partnership with the Mercer University Rural Health Innovation Center.
The 2021 Georgia Farmer’s Well-Being Pilot Survey found that feelings of loneliness were experienced by about half of the farmers (48.3%), sadness or depression by 49.2%, and feelings of hopelessness by 31.6%. When asked if they had suicidal thoughts, 32.1% had thought about it at least once in the past year, with 11.8% of farmers thinking about it more than once a month, 8.4% at least weekly, and 1.7% daily.
The GFA is committed to addressing the stigma surrounding mental health in agricultural communities and encourages open conversations about the mental health challenges many farmers face.
A gift to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture this #GivingTuesday can go toward programs that aim to make an impact in the lives of farmers who are struggling.
To donate, visit www.gafoundationag.org/gt2021.
–Georgia Farm Bureau