N Field Observations: Mental Health and Stress
Chuck Burr shares his candid thoughts and experiences on stress and the importance of taking care of our mental health during these challenging times. His powerful call to action reminds us there are times we need to reach out for help. Chuck also shares the importance of watching out for others we know or love who may be struggling - don't wait, take the time to help. Chuck Burr is an Extension Educator focused on Crop Management. He is located in West Central Nebraska.
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[00:00:03.500]Hey, everyone, it's Chuck Burr,
[00:00:05.060]your Nebraska Extension Educator,
[00:00:07.390]focusing on crop management in West-Central Nebraska
[00:00:10.430]with another N Field Observation.
[00:00:12.950]Actually I'm not in the field today,
[00:00:14.670]it's actually at 2:00 in the morning.
[00:00:16.820]I'm sitting in my pajamas, I can't sleep.
[00:00:20.120]Stressed at work, too many things to do,
[00:00:22.710]and this whole coronavirus thing,
[00:00:24.460]how's that gonna affect myself, my wife, and my family?
[00:00:28.090]And on top of that things are not very positive
[00:00:30.210]in agriculture right now.
[00:00:32.040]The only thing that seems positive
[00:00:33.660]is the price of diesel fuel and gasoline
[00:00:36.420]and even that's a negative because with gas prices so low
[00:00:39.780]ethanol plants are shutting down,
[00:00:41.610]further reducing our demand for grain,
[00:00:44.200]further lowering our prices.
[00:00:46.220]So if you or someone you know is struggling,
[00:00:49.030]either financially or emotionally,
[00:00:51.230]it's time to get help before it's too late.
[00:00:53.850]When I was a young extension professional,
[00:00:56.080]about 30 years ago in Northwest Missouri,
[00:00:58.640]I happened to find a suicide victim.
[00:01:00.990]Changed my life in an instant.
[00:01:03.380]I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep for two weeks
[00:01:06.210]because every time I closed my eyes
[00:01:08.330]I could see that image and I can still see it today
[00:01:11.200]like it was yesterday.
[00:01:12.790]So if you know somebody that's struggling,
[00:01:14.670]it's time to get them help now.
[00:01:16.730]We've got this stigma in agriculture
[00:01:18.680]that, hey, we're all tough,
[00:01:19.880]we don't need a mental health councilor.
[00:01:22.430]Well, I'm here to tell you
[00:01:23.500]that people do need help from time to time.
[00:01:26.040]It was about a year ago I was struggling at work,
[00:01:28.350]I had too many things to do, was afraid to try things
[00:01:31.130]because I was afraid I might fail.
[00:01:33.540]Finally a friend of mine suggested
[00:01:35.270]I see a mental health councilor.
[00:01:37.330]I finally did and it really, really helped me.
[00:01:40.240]After three short sessions I was a new person,
[00:01:43.460]being positive again, focusing on the things
[00:01:45.730]that I had control of,
[00:01:47.200]and not worrying about the rest of it.
[00:01:49.120]So again, if you know somebody that's struggling
[00:01:51.280]or you're struggling, take the time to get them help.
[00:01:54.960]On the screen now you should be able to see
[00:01:57.260]several numbers where you can call to get additional help.
[00:02:00.400]Again, take the time to help somebody that needs the help.
[00:02:03.750]You don't want to be the person that says,
[00:02:05.597]"Oh, I don't have time to help them today,
[00:02:07.397]"they'll be all right," and then find out
[00:02:09.470]a couple days later it was too late.
[00:02:11.750]Take the time to get help yourself
[00:02:14.060]or help somebody you know or love.
[00:02:16.810]This has been Chuck Burr with another N Field observation.
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