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Managing Tough Times in Agriculture|University of Wyoming Extension

Mental/Behavioral Health Resources for the Drought Aftermath

With the recent rains and anticipated snow, one might forget that the impact of the nation’s severe drought will be felt for some time. Though the nation’s mid-section and southern states have felt the brunt of the current drought, the National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS), Cheyenne office reports, “Wyoming’s ‘All Hay’ harvested acres as of August 1 are estimated at 925,000 acres. This is a decrease of 195,000 acres from last year. This would be lowest harvested acreage since 1934. Pasture and range conditions are rated at 86% poor to very poor.”

Wyoming AgrAbility has identified UW Extension and national mental and behavioral health resources that can be of help to you, or those you work with, deal with the emotional impact of drought. If you have any questions about the material don’t hesitate to contact us at 307.766.3052 or email:

Personal Nature of Agriculture
This site contains publications, resource materials, PowerPoint presentations, and helpful links on topics such as reacting to disaster, agricultural producers and stress, overcoming tragedy, dealing with depression, suicide, and human resource management in agriculture.

Why Ranchers and Farmers are Reluctant to Seek Counseling and How Family Practitioners Can Help
How men are socialized, as well as social, family, and personal barriers, cause many ranchers and farmers to be reluctant to seek help. But family practitioners -- Extension professionals, family therapists, and family service providers -- can provide valuable support to the ranchers and farmers who need their help.

Choosing a Therapist or Counselor
A Wyoming AgrAbility fact sheet that outlines what makes a good therapist, therapist credentials, types of therapists, and links on finding a therapist that is right for you.

Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals
A checklist that outlines signs of stress, depression, suicide ideation, and how to refer someone for help.

Drought: Weathering Troubled Times
Articles by UW Extension educators and specialists advise drought victims about how to
best manage and recover their operations and lands and about how to be resilient as they weather tough times; including personal and family resilience.

Ranchers Reacting to Disaster
Two UW Extension articles that outline how ranchers or farmers “might” react to disaster and how to relate to angry or hostile ranchers or farmers.

UW Extension Disaster Education Network: Family Stress
Natural or man-made disaster can leave a trail of destruction. In addition to restoring buildings and replacing material possessions, victims may need to devote time to restoring their own emotional equilibrium. This can be especially important for children who do not have years of life experience to guide them. Links to national information on coping with family and youth stress.

AgrAbility Webinar Series: Mental/Behavior Health for the Drought Aftermath
A one-hour webinar to provide Extension educators, other agriculture professionals, and farm families with basic resources to address mental/behavioral issues related to the drought.

Mental/Behavioral Health Resources for the Drought Aftermath
From the National AgrAbility Project, this is a comprehensive list of national helplines, drought-specific information, treatment centers, resources from state AgrAbility projects on stress and coping, national mental health resources, and research-based articles on stress and disaster.

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