Supporting Mississippi Farmers: Addressing Mental Health with Essential Touchstones and Killebrew Psychological Services

by | Feb 18, 2024

Farming, the backbone of Mississippi’s economy, is a profession fraught with uncertainty. From unpredictable weather to fluctuating markets, farmers face constant stressors that significantly impact their mental health. Recognizing this, Essential Touchstones and Killebrew Psychological Services (KPS) are committed to providing mental health support tailored to the unique needs of the agricultural community.

The Stark Reality of Farmers’ Mental Health

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries, with farmers facing a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the suicide rate among male agricultural workers in 2012 was more than double that of the general population. The constant pressures of maintaining farm operations, coupled with factors like isolation and lack of access to mental health services, contribute to this dire statistic.

How We’re Helping

Telehealth Services: To overcome barriers of distance and time, Essential Touchstones and KPS offer telehealth services, allowing farmers to seek help without leaving their farms. This accessibility is crucial for those in remote areas or those who cannot afford to step away from their responsibilities for long.

Stress Management Workshops: Targeted workshops provide farmers with strategies to manage stress, enhance resilience, and cope with the unpredictability of their profession. These sessions are grounded in practical advice tailored to the realities of farm life.

Support Groups: Facilitated by experienced professionals, our support groups offer a space for farmers to share experiences and coping strategies, reducing feelings of isolation and building a community of support.

Family Counseling: Recognizing the family unit’s role in farming, we offer counseling to address the ripple effects of farming stress on family members, ensuring holistic well-being.

Our Commitment

At Essential Touchstones and KPS, we understand the critical importance of mental health support for farmers. Our programs and services are designed to meet farmers where they are, offering them the tools and support necessary to navigate the challenges of their profession.

Mental health is a key component of a farmer’s ability to succeed and sustain their livelihood. By providing targeted support, we aim to improve not only the individual well-being of farmers but also the overall resilience of the farming community in Mississippi.

Together, we can address the mental health crisis in the farming community and ensure our farmers receive the support they deserve.