Mental Health Resources for Minnesota Farmers
Farming can be a stressful occupation and the pressures that often come with making a living in the agricultural field can at times be overwhelming. If you find yourself or someone you know in crisis, know that you are not alone and there are many resources available to help you through difficult times.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7. This call center is located in Minnesota. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers. If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts — call. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to somebody you don’t know.
Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211
Minnesota Rural Mental Health Specialists
Ted and Monica work with farmers throughout Minnesota. No cost; no paperwork. The service is available thanks to funds from the Minnesota Legislature. While you are welcome to contact either Monica or Ted, Monica generally serves the area north of Highway 12 (which runs from Ortonville through Willmar to the Twin Cities) and Ted generally serves the area south of Highway 12.
Ted Matthews: 320-266-2390
Monica McConkey: 218-280-7785
Mobile Crisis Teams
Available in every Minnesota county, mobile crisis team counselors can respond quickly and provide in-person, short-term counseling or mental health services during a crisis or emergency. Calls are answered immediately 24 hrs/day. Responders travel in private vehicles and generally arrive within 2 hours.
University of Minnesota Extension
Extension helps families and small towns respond to economic, environmental, and societal challenges that affect rural Minnesota and farming communities. Its Coping with Rural Stress page points the way to financial and mental health resources.
Addiction Help (alcohol, meth, opioid, gambling)
If you or someone you care about are struggling with addiction, Fasttracker MN can help you quickly find treatment services. You can search by program, city, county, or keyword.
NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. They offer information, classes, support groups, and suicide prevention training.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call: 800-273-8255 (Veterans, press 1)
Crisis Text Line
Text MN to 741 741
Both these numbers offer immediate free and confidential support for people in distress. They give information about prevention and crisis resources to people who are worried about themselves or someone else.