Mental Health Awareness - Pork Checkoff

Mental Health Awareness

Long hours, physical labor, financial stress, isolation, and uncertainty due to weather and market conditions — these factors can contribute to increased stress, anxiety and depression among farmers.  
It’s important to take the time to check in with yourself, your family and your neighbors.

Unlocking the Power of a Strong Community

If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges, you are not alone. By reaching out, you can help create a more supportive and compassionate community. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have an impact on someone’s happiness and mental well-being.


  • Send a text: Reach out to a friend, neighbor or family member with a simple message of encouragement or support.
  • Be there: Being present and offering an empathetic ear can provide comfort and support.
  • Take a break: Offer to accompany someone on any activity that allows them to take a break from their daily routine.
  • Make a call: Reach out to someone you have spoken to in a while. Both of you will benefit from a friendly conversation.

Quick Tips for Coping with Stress & Anxiety

  • Connect with others
  • Take breaks from negative news or influences
  • Prioritize your health and well-being
  • Take time to unwind
  • Recognize when you need more help



Source: Farm State of Mind

Mental Health Resources

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Rural and Farm Hotlines

Iowa Concern Hotline for Rural and Farm Individuals

  • Iowa Concern Hotline is a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week free, confidential resource for anyone with concerns or questions about farm finances, crisis and disaster response and personal health issues. Access to an attorney is also available to help provide legal education. 
  • 1-800-447-1985

Farm Financial Counseling

  • Extension farm financial experts from areas like banking and farm business management education provide free, one-on-one financial counseling to farmers who are experiencing financial stress.
  • 1-800-232-9077 


Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline

  • Free, confidential, 24/7. This call center is located in Minnesota. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers.
  • 833-600-2670 x 1


Minnesota Rural Mental Health Specialists 

  • Ted and Monica work with farmers throughout Minnesota. The service is available from Minnesota Legislature funds. 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 


The Wisconsin Farm Center

  • The Wisconsin Farm Center offer confidential services to Wisconsin farmers, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
  • 1-800-942-2474


Farm Aid Farmer Mental Health Hotline

  • Farmer Services staff answer the hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern time.
  • 1-800-327-6243
  • Website
National Organization Resources


American Farm Bureau Federation 


American Farm Bureau Federation


National Farmers Union


Rural Health Information (RHI) Hub

University & Extension Resources

Michigan State University Extension

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women in Agriculture Program

North Dakota State University Extension

South Dakota State University

University of Minnesota Extension

Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health