Mental Health Help For Farmers


Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Farming can be a stressful line of work. The economic pressures farmers face — coupled with the isolation and lack of mental health resources in rural areas — can make the job even more taxing. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found farmers were among the most likely to die by suicide. And for some, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the problem.

The 21st speaks to experts on the topic and a reporter following the story. 


Ted Matthews, Director of Minnesota Rural Mental Health

Greg Aubin, farmer in Manteno, IL 

Merissa Plescia, reporter for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Click here to read Plescia's story: Farmers’ Struggles With Mental Health Increase Amid Pandemic

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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