Mental Health Resources for Farmers

With the challenging environment facing agriculture today, farmers and ranchers are experiencing increased stress levels. This added stress can negatively impact a person’s mental health. At AgCountry, we want to see our patrons succeed.

It is important at a time like this to be observant, both for yourself and those around you. It is possible that a family member or neighbor is in need of help, but doesn’t know where to turn. Changes in a person’s mental health status don’t typically happen overnight. There are almost always early signs of trouble. Here are a few to look for:

  • Feeling anxious or worried 
  • Feeling depressed
  • Emotional outbursts 
  • Problems sleeping
  • Dramatic changes in weight or appetite  
  • Isolation
  • Substance abuse
  • Feelings of failure

Please know that you are not alone. Resources do exist for those in need. We have assembled a list of contact information below for each of our respective states to assist with farmers and ranchers who have fallen on difficult times.

Additionally, it may also help you gain greater context on this issue by listening to one of our podcasts, which focuses specifically on mental health within farming. You can listen by clicking here.


Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Farm and Rural Hotline – (833) 600-2670

Farmer-Lender Mediation – (218) 935-5785

Minnesota Farm Advocates – (800) 967-2474

 

North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota – (701) 255-3692

North Dakota Mediation Service – (844) 642-4567 or (701) 328-4567

North Dakota Farm Management Education – (701) 328-3179

FirstLink Hotline – 2-1-1 or (701) 235-7335

 

Wisconsin

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Farm Center – (800) 942-2474

Wisconsin Farm Mediation and Arbitration Program – (800) 942-2474 or (608) 224-5138

Financial Counseling – (800) 942-2474 or (608) 224-5049

National Farm Medicine Center – (800) 662-6900 or (715) 389-4999