Suicide is a tough subject. It’s affecting our communities. It has a huge impact on families.

The rate of suicide for farmers is 3½ times higher than the national average per capita. Mental Health America, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, placed Oregon nearly at the bottom of its state rankings for a higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care.

Deaths by suicide in Oregon have been higher than the national average since at least 2001, increasing yearly.

All AgriStress Helpline calls are answered in 30 seconds or less.

Calls are answered by credentialed suicide/crisis specialists trained in cultural competencies in agricultural mental health and factors affecting mental health, including production and financial issues, injuries, market fluctuations, and family dynamics. Their training meets the standards of the American Association of Suicidology.

The Oregon Agristress Helpline – 833-897-2474 – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by call or text