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Renseignements en Français

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Farm Stress Line

Calls to the Farm Stress Line are answered by Mobile Crisis Services, a non-profit, community based agency providing crisis intervention services in Saskatchewan since 1974.  

Whether it is information, conflict or crisis, the first step is communication. Call before the problem becomes a crisis. The Farm Stress Line can help if you are managing farm difficulties by providing support for farmers and ranchers.

We respect confidentiality. There is no call display.

The Farm Stress Line can help by:

  • Clarifying the problem or concern and work with you toward a solution;
  • Connecting you with the appropriate organization, professional or program that best suits your needs; and/or
  • Listening and supporting in a safe, neutral and non-judgmental environment.

Stress on the farm

Rural families deserve credit for working hard to meet the challenges that are often beyond their control such as weather, pests, disease, high-input costs, volatile markets and low financial returns at the farm gate.  Many Saskatchewan farm families have off-farm income, which, in turn, may result in additional pressure which can lead to fatigue and burnout.

Farmers and ranchers who endure high levels of stress may find that it has negatively affected their health and has reduced their quality of life.  High stress can compromise personal safety and affect family relationships.

Some symptoms of stress can include:

  • Stomach distress
  • Unexplained headaches
  • Back pain/and or generalized aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia or disrupted sleep
  • Change in appetite
  • Irritability or anger out of proportion to the situation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Inability to relax and/or concentrate
  • Relationship problems, hard on self, family or others
  • Depression/withdrawal
  • Over reliance on over-the-counter medication
  • Substance abuse
  • Thoughts of and/or attempts at suicide

It's important to have a medical check-up and talk to your doctor if you are experiencing some of these symptoms

Managing Stress

There are ways of dealing with stress and we can learn to recognize and manage it.  Some positives steps to take:

  • Exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Take time for yourself
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Don't isolate yourself
  • Separate those things you can control from those that are beyond your control
  • Deal with problems - avoidance only complicates them
  • Focus on solutions rather than dwelling on the negatives
  • Base decisions on accurate information
  • Set priorities and proceed step-by-step. Don't try and solve everything at once
  • Talk to others - Often by talking to a trusted person, you can gain a perspective that may lead to practical solutions. You may come up with alternatives that you have not considered.

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