Farmers and ranchers are at an increased risk for substance abuse, mental illness and depression according to the National Safety Council. Some aspects of farming like severe weather, long hours, financial hardships and isolation can contribute to poor mental health. The behavioral health risks in agriculture may be the least understood aspect of farming’s occupational health-related hazards. Nancy Finken continues our series, Nebraska Connects: Mental Health Reform.
Nebraska Connects: Mental Health Reform' provides an overview of the history of mental health care in Nebraska, including the struggles and successes of rural communities in meeting mental health needs at the local level, as mandated by LB 1083, passed in 2004.