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Text: Southern Region Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Georgia

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Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a part of the Southern Region Farm and Ranch Assistance Network (FRSAN). The program is designed to help farmers going through a challenging time. If you are going through a challenging time, experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, or considering suicide – please reach out to us! We are here to listen and connect you with resources that may be a benefit to you or your loved one. Farming is a stressful occupation, but we need you know more than ever. YOU are your most valuable asset on the farm. YOU matter and YOU are not alone.

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Signs and Symptoms

  • Depression

    How someone experiencing depression can affect the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and appears. 

    • Lack of interest and motivation
    • Avoidance
    • Self-criticism
    • Sudden mood swings
    • Inability to concentrate
    • Negative outlook on life
    • Withdrawing from friends and family
    • Change in eating habits
    • Exhaustion and extreme fatigue
    • Thoughts of suicide

    Not every person who is experiencing depression has all the symptoms. People differ in the number and severity of symptoms. Not all symptoms are listed here.

  • Anxiety

    How someone experiencing anxiety can affect the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and appears. 

    • Mind racing or going blank
    • Excessive worry
    • Feeling of restlessness or on-edge
    • Easily fatigued
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Troubles with sleep
    • Irritability
    • Impatience
    • Avoidance of situations 
    • Restlessness or tension

    Not every person who is experiencing anxiety has all the symptoms. People differ in the number and severity of symptoms. Not all symptoms are listed here.

  • Substance Abuse

    How someone with a substance use disorder can affect the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and appears. 

    • Inability to sleep
    • Unusual smells on breath, body, and clothes
    • Extreme hyperactivity
    • Change in attitude and behavior
    • Change in temper
    • Excessive need for privacy
    • Secretive or suspicious behavior
    • Mood swings
    • Constantly thinking about the substance

    Not every person who is experiencing substance abuse has all the symptoms. People differ in the number and severity of symptoms. Not all symptoms are listed here.

  • Non-suicidal Self-injury

    How a person who engages in non-suicidal self-injury may think, feel, behave, and appear.

    • Thinking there is no way out of a bad situation
    • Feeling depressed or desperate
    • Cutting, scratching, or pinching skin enough to cause to bleed or leave a mark
    • Carving words or patterns into skin
    • Burning skin with cigarettes, matches, hot water, or other heating tools
    • Looking up on websites 'How to self injure'
    • Feeling the need to relieve stress, pressure, or tension

    Not every person who is experiencing non-suicidal self-injury has all the symptoms. People differ in the number and severity of symptoms. Not all symptoms are listed here.

  • Suicidal

    How someone thinking about, considering, or planning suicide thinks, feels, behaves, and appears

    • Feeling of hopelessness
    • Actions of isolation and withdraw
    • Saying goodbyes
    • Feeling like there is no reason to live
    • Believes there is no way out
    • Threating to hurt or kill themselves
    • Giving away possessions
    • Rager or anger

    Not every person who is considering suicide has all the symptoms. People differ in the number and severity of symptoms. Not all symptoms are listed here.

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