OHIO – Studies show the suicide rate among farmers is more than twice that of the general population. So many factors in farming are out of a farmer’s control, and that can be stressful. Wondering if the weather will cooperate, long hours working alone – it can all affect a farmer’s mental well-being. This is a growing concern that needs to be addressed. Ohio’s #gotyourback Campaign is doing just that, offering resources to farmers through a collaborative effort.
WHAT: #gotyourback Campaign Kick-Off
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019
WHERE: Weber Farms
2151 Walker Road
WHO: Dorothy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Lori Criss, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and
Nathan Brown, Farmer and Ohio Farm Bureau Board Member
A press conference is scheduled with one-on-one media availability afterward. Several key agricultural leaders and farmers will be in attendance.
Supporting partners include: RecoveryOhio, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.