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#gotyourback Campaign Addresses Farmers’ Mental Health, A Growing Concern


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
11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Weber Farms
2151 Walker Road
Hilliard, OH

WHO:       Dorothy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Lori Criss, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services
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.