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  • The effects of hardship on rural families can include stress, relationship breakdown, farming accidents and suicide.
  • When money is tight, farm equipment may not be properly maintained, which increases the risk of work-related accidents.
  • Chronic stress isn’t a rural or agricultural problem, it’s a health issue. Seek advice from your local doctor or health professional if you have any of the symptoms of chronic stress.
  • Although farm families often find it hard to ask for assistance (like social security payments or food parcels from charities), it is important to use the services that are available. 

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Reviewed on: 11-02-2019