ST. PAUL – When most people think about problems farmers face, mental health usually doesn’t rise to the top of the list. But State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said there are a number of significant stressors that are present in agriculture today, and that farmers should know that help is available to help them deal with these issues.
“In today’s changing world, there are any number of reasons that a farmer could be facing unwanted stress,” Hamilton said. “There are a number of different resources out there for individuals seeking help, whether it’s legal or financial assistance or business management.”
Hamilton said a recent Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division hearing focused on coping with farm and rural stress in Minnesota, and highlighted a number of programs available at the state level that can help farmers deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or just feeling stuck.
Hamilton encourages all farmers to call 651-201-6012 to obtain a brochure that lists nearly a dozen state contacts that can help with stress. Even if they don’t think they will use it themselves, Hamilton said having the information at the ready would be helpful if they want to assist another farmer facing a crisis.
“It’s important to let farmers know in these difficult times that help is there,” Hamilton said. “I encourage people to utilize these programs as there’s no shame in asking for help when times are tough.”