MFU Farm Crisis Center

Farm Crisis is Community Crisis

Even in the best of times, farming can be an incredibly high-stress occupation. The rural suicide rate is about 45 percent higher than the urban suicide rate. Unpredictable weather, crop disease, volatile markets, heavy workloads, and social isolation are just a handful of the challenges that farmers may face. These conditions force many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country.
IN TIMES OF CRISIS

You’re Not Alone

Montana Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-237-TALK or text “MT” to 741 741. Darla Tyler-McSherry, author of Ask in Earnest a suicide prevention website dedicated to providing resources and articles on mental health, wrote a guest article for MFU’s publication Montana Grassroots.

FARM CRISIS CENTER

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LIFELINE

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

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MT CRISIS LINE

If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Or text “MT” to 741 741

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Tips to Keep Mentally Sharp

First, we need to learn the signs of suicide, which often are insidious and subtle. Three areas we need to pay attention to are: words, mood, and actions. It’s especially important to respond when we hear the following three topics: burden, loss of hope, no future.


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MT Hay Hotline

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline is an online portal where producers can donate, buy, or sell hay. Producers needing donated hay or producers wanting to donate hay can go to the portal using the links below and create a listing…


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Pandemic Assitance for Producers

USDA’s new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers – will establish new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to a broad set of farmers, ranchers, and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions.


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New Program Supports Farmers

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) said in a release they received a $500,000 federal grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. The program will link farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture through the Farm Bill.


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