UGA Extension helps farmers suffering from depression after Hurricane Michael

Farmers with Depression After Michael

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many South Georgia farmers are looking for help after Hurricane Michael.

The University of Georgia is training their extension agents to help in many different ways.

Most farmers weren’t able to harvest their crops, because they were destroyed by Hurricane Michael and now many can’t afford to plant for this upcoming season.

Dougherty County's UGA Extension helping farmers after Hurricane Michael. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County's UGA Extension helping farmers after Hurricane Michael. (Source: WALB)

That’s just how devastating Michael was.

For many South Georgia farmers, losing an entire crop meant in many cases losing all the money they have.

And in most cases, that has been devastating to their emotional and mental health.

The University of Georgia has trained their extension agents how to recognize the signs of depression in the farmers they work with.

They've been able to offer one-on-one help, since Michael.

Their goal, to show farmers who may be suffering from depression now, that they’re not alone.

“I was raised in a farm family. I mean some years were wonderful and some years were pretty rough. We’ve just had several bad years here recently,” said Family and Consumer Science Agent, Suzanne Williams,

Williams said the problem of depression in farmers was only made worse last month.

South Georgia Farmers found out they weren’t getting financial help from the federal government.

Williams wants to encourage anyone who needs help, to reach out to the UGA extension offices in you county.

The extension office offers other aid:

The office here in Dougherty County helped 40 people file , and they said they helped them get thousands of dollars back in tax refunds this season.

Williams, tells WALB News 10 they were able to help many people get larger refunds than they expected .

And in one case in particular, her office helped a woman get thousands of dollars back to help take care of her family.

“Instead of getting a couple hundred, she got several thousand. And I mean she had me crying, we were both crying, so it was just really wonderful to be able to see the impact of doing that kind of programming,” said Williams.

You can contact the Extension Office at (229) 436-7216, if you want the free tax help.

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