Amid increasing financial struggles farmers need mental health support

The Daily Yonder reports on the devastating impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on farmers, with some using up their retirement plans to stay afloat. Farmers already have higher rates of mental illness and suicide, and there is concern that present economic tolls will exacerbate mental health struggles. Anticipating this, the Iowa Concern hotline is creating a new state-funded program to specifically assist farmers deal with impacts of the pandemic. A key element of the program is that when farmers reach out for financial assistance, they will also be made aware of mental health resources and counseling opportunities. #covid-19 #rural #mentalhealth

You must be logged in to post a comment.