As farmers struggle with keeping their farm afloat in the current climate, it’s also causing them to struggle with mental health.
The stress of daily farm life is causing depression, anxiety and even suicide among farmers.
On Wednesday a group of farmers and professionals gathered in Durand to hear stories and help connect farmers to resources to help.
Emotions in the room were high as farmers shared their stresses of farming in 2019.
“Hearing the stories today it just really reiterated the fact that this isn’t happening in one commodity group or another, this is happening across the agricultural environment right now and you get goosebumps hearing the stories, you get a little emotional and you know we have so much work to do,“ said Dr. Josie Rudolphi from the National Farm Medicine Center.
There were nearly 100 people at the Weiss family farm in Durand to discuss the importance of mental health among farmers.