Mental Health Resources

At a time when many producers are making tough decisions for their operations, it’s important to take note of mental health in yourself and those around you. We all know working in the agricultural industry can be exhausting not only physically, but mentally as well. It’s more important than ever to make sure mental health is a priority for everyone on your ranch. MSGA has compiled some resources for suicide prevention for you or someone you know.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911

CALL

24-Hour Suicide Help Line:
800-273-8255 or Dial 211
800-628-9454 Spanish
800-799-4889 TTY

Montana Crisis Recovery Line
1-877-503-0833
10am-10pm only

Prescription Opioid Help Line:
800-662-4357

FARM AID HOTLINE

1-800-FARM-AID

(1-800-327-6243)
*As of April 2021, hotline hours will be Monday through Friday, 6am- 7pm Pacific Standard Time.
If you want to connect with a hotline staff outside of hotline hours, please fill out a form here.

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National Suicide Hotline: 
text your zip code to 898211

Montana Crisis Line: 
Text “MT” to 741741

Free Counseling Services Now Available to Montana’s Agricultural Community

Helena, Mont. The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), this partnership provides a variety of services, including individual counseling, tele-health, and medication management, at no cost to the participant.

The Counseling Access for Montana Ag (CAMA) program was created to address challenges facing those working in agriculture and ensure that farm and ranch families are receiving the support they need when experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

“Working in Agriculture is stressful—plain and simple,” said Christy Clark, Director at Montana Department of Agriculture.” Montana’s farmers and ranchers are carrying heavy workloads, braving the elements no matter the weather, not to mention taking care of equipment, animals, family members, and everything else that comes along with their work of feeding the world. Our department is excited to roll out resources to ensure our producers are taken care of first and foremost, because they are truly the most important part of their operation.”

Frontier Psychiatry CEO, Eric Arzubi, MD explains, “Any farmer or rancher can tell you, farm life is stressful. In the last two years alone, our state’s producers have faced a pandemic, a worsening drought, financial pressures due to fluctuating commodity prices, labor shortages, and trade disruptions. We are excited to be supporting our Montana farmers and ranchers by increasing access to mental health resources no matter where they live.”

The program is open to any Montanan involved in the agriculture. Visit frontier.care/beyondtheweather or call (406) 200-8471, Press 7 to learn more and schedule an initial appointment.

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SELF CARE RESOURCES

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HOW TO HELP

Montana County Mental Health Resource Guides

By National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Montana is a big place. NAMI Montana offers mental illness resources guides to help you get in touch with the offices and services you need. They have contact information for emergency response, healthcare providers, and other helpful agencies in all 56 counties, from Beverhead to Yellowstone, in addition to general state and national offices and helplines.

Montana Ag Producer Stress Resource Clearinghouse

By Montana State University Extension

A statewide stress management resource, designed specifically for agriculture producers. Here for farmers, ranchers, and their families and loved ones. The goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to help you manage your stress and fine tune your mental health. Please use the site to discover local, state and national resources that will help ease any burden that you, or a loved one, might be experiencing.

Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Mini-Grant

By Montana Department of Agriculture

This program was created to address mental health needs in rural communities and the agriculture industry through the use of mental health speakers, workshops and new or expanding trainings that support emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The overarching goal of the Mini Grants Program is to facilitate and support outreach activities by providing a range of services, including speakers, trainings, workshops, and support services that will directly improve agriculture-related stress and agricultural suicide prevention for Montana.