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Everything is not really ‘fine”

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New research is finding more than half of farm families are dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Josie Rudolphi is with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“A majority of our respondents would rate their mental health as good, despite also meeting the criteria for perhaps mild, moderate, or even severe depression,” she says.

Rudolphi is partway through a five-year nationwide project studying how farm economics impact the mental health of farmers and their children.

Everything is not really ‘fine”