They find the time to creep these women's mentions.
They find the time to make & admin multiple parody accounts per month.
They find the time to send rape threats.
The other needs a willingness to look at your own life, the behaviors you've engaged in, & the behaviors you've encouraged in other people.
That's what therapists do. They teach people how to do that stuff.
And some amount of further treatment, like medication. But mostly it's retraining how we think.
There's also this idea that farm mental health problems are caused by financial problems. Yes, that's definitely a stressor.
But blaming it ALL on that is kind of a cop-out.
*everyone* is overworked & underpaid.
Sorry to be politically incorrect. But being stressed out, broke, & in bad health ain't a special farmer thing.
Well, no shit. Loss sucks. It does.
And ALL business owners can have that problem. Think it's hard to let cows go? Imagine if it's humans you've employed for decades. Who counted on you.
We've got thousands & thousands of people every year losing their their families' financial futures, homes, & their lives. But the farm lobby's out here carrying on as if losing a farm is The Worst Possible Thing That Can Happen.
We SHOULD be talking about THAT.
They also had a chance to vote for health insurance coverage that wasn't tied to full-time employment & could give a path to mental health care.
And they voted no.
Farm areas told the rest of the country to suck eggs for healthcare, then lobbied themselves special healthcare money.
What a transparent, juvenile power play.
And farming is one of the jobs with the highest concentration of older white men.
Yeah. A lot of suicides, period, are misrecorded as accidents. That's not a special farm thing either.)
"I'm used to being in charge & don't have coping skills for NOT being in charge, so I'm self-destructing."
What we need to do here is confront that. Build the coping skills. Not run power plays to avoid them.
but also sending rape threats to women who talk about mental health. Cool.
Can I just say something? The young farmers we have today are THE BOMB and honestly probably the best thing to happen to US agriculture in 200 years.
So they have to denigrate those skills to feel ok about themselves.
Stay strong folks 💪