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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is the perfect time to prioritize mental health and stress management. Keep this month’s resources from the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) in your “May basket” to support your own mental health as well as the well-being of others. Download this month’s farm safety calendar.

Farming can be a stressful occupation. It is important for farmers to take care of themselves and their families. Minnesota has numerous resources to help with those coping with farm and rural stress.

Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline
Phone: 833-600-2670 for a 24/7 confidential and free chat with trained staff and volunteers
Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211

Minnesota also has two Rural Mental Health Counselors who work with farmers throughout Minnesota. No cost and no paperwork!
  • Ted Matthews: 320-266-2390
  • Monica McConkey: 218-280-7785
The University of Minnesota Extension’s farm and rural stress programs offer resources for those dealing with farming’s current challenges and struggles.

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