Mental Health Month takes place each May to raise awareness of the importance of caring for one’s mental health, and the resources available to do so. As on-farm stress continues to increase with members of Minnesota’s ag sector, it is an opportunity to share the resources available to farmers in our state.
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is focusing on a different mental health topic each week in May. Beginning with a focus on the science behind stress and suicide, UMASH hopes the ag community can help share information about the different mental health topics and resources via social media. You can download the toolkit to help spread the word by clicking here.
TransFARMation is a podcast jointly organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Red River Farm Network. Launched in April, the series uses farm radio, podcasts and social media to feature stories from farmers navigating today’s challenging times on the farm while highlighting the resources available for help. You can listen to each interview as they are added at rrfn.com/transformation.
And for those currently experiencing a farm-related stress, MDA launched MinnesotaFarmStress.com to provide farmers with resources to help navigate financial, emotional, legal, family and other challenges on the farm. Resources include the Farm & Rural Helpline (833-600-2670), which is answered 24/7 by staff who are trained to help farmers struggling with stress or depression.
Support Mental Health Month today by sharing these resources on social media or directly with those in need. You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarnessMonth.