In about five years you will read a story that I wrote with a scene that was caused by a farmer’s depression. (And yes, it will take me this long to get it enough self confidence to print it out, hand it to my “special” people, who will then engage in a dance with me for about 5 more edits and changes, and then the story will meet my rejection quota to finally be self published. #ccfarmerwriterlife) Since today is National Hugging Day I thought it would be a great time chat a bit about my favorite occupation other than writing, farming. Farming is not without it’s problems. According to an article about farmer suicide from 2014, farming has the highest occupational suicide rate. HIGHEST.
What can you do? The first thing I would suggest is hugging. It works for me. Sometimes we can not do anything else but sit, hold a hand and hug. We can’t fix problems overnight. I have a new friend named Nancy. (She councils me every wed at the same time because she knows that I have OCD and try to keep everything as a routine. Ok so I have not been diagnosed with OCD. I have diagnosed myself as COW BRAINED. I panic less when I have a routine. #ccfarmerlife) Anyways, I am only going to her because I was trying to get rehabilitated to get a part time job. (Which is basically because of my autoimmune disease I would fail at being a teacher, which I have been trained to do so then I need to fall back on my other skills to keep myself from feeling like a failure and achieve what my limitations will let me. Counseling is to help me ACT. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I wish that Nancy would be available to farmers.
Are there councilors that live in rural areas that accept food/crops as payment and travels to the farmer, where the farmer is and in more likely to have counseling sessions at night, very early mornings before milkings, and or when it is storming outside???????Basically when the farmer is not trying to survive or make a living?
Since I have no brilliant solutions to farmer suicides , and I know that hugging makes a person feel better, I have chosen to hug my farmer. What about you? Have you hugged a farmer today?
Sincerely and God Bless,