May 14, 2024

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A Healthy Farm Starts with a Healthy You

By: Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is a good time to check in on your own mental wellbeing and that of your family, staff, and loved ones.

Mental health concerns are very common, affecting millions of Americans each year, ranging from daily stress to more severe mental health challenges. Farmers and those in agriculture face many unique stressors that can impact mental health, including challenges from nature (weather, disease, pests, etc.), business/financial pressures (volatile pricing, increasing costs, etc.), managing employees and family responsibilities, along with many other factors.

While these unique stressors in agriculture can take a major toll on mental wellbeing, there are resources available to help. Mental health should not be ignored and those who need support should not hesitate to seek it. The following information provides links to some of those resources available throughout the Northeast.

National / Multi-State

Farm Credit East Customer Assistance Program – Free for Farm Credit East customers, their family members and their employees, this program offers assistance and referrals for many of life’s challenges. These serves are offered through ESI. To learn more about the services offered, click here or use the information below to contact ESI directly. or 800-252-4555

Farm Aid – Farmer Services – One-on-one assistance and connections with resources. or 800-327-6243

Cultivemos – The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Northeast

National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 800-273-8255, or 988 in many areas

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline: 800-662-4357 or 


AgriStress Helpline for Connecticut – Emergency and non-emergency resources. Peer-to-peer networking, business resources and family resources. or 833-897-2474


Maine Agricultural Mediation Program or 207-581-3487


Massachusetts Agricultural Mediation Program or 617-287-4040

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program or 800-511-2213

New Jersey

New Jersey Agricultural Mediation Program or 609-984-2504

New York

New York FarmNet – Free and confidential help with a wide variety of farm issues, including stress and mental health, financial difficulties and more. or 800-547-3276. 

New York State Agricultural Mediation Program or 866-669-7267

Rhode Island

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance RI: 401-414-5465

Center for Mediation Rhode Island  or 401-273-9999


Farm First – Vermont-based program providing farmers with support, resources and information to reduce stress, including peer support and self-assessments. or 802-318-5538

Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program  or 800-511-2213

Almost everyone faces challenges impacting mental health at some point, and seeking help is a sign of self-awareness and strength. In acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Month, take time to prioritize your own wellness this month and provide similar support and encouragement to those close to you.


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