Rural Realities

Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!

September 21, 2020 Monica McConkey, Rural Mental Health Specialist Season 1 Episode 7
Rural Realities
Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!
Show Notes

"Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!" by Monica McConkey, Rural Mental Health Specialist

Farming generally comes with a significant amount of stress that can negatively impact everyone involved in the operation including youth of any age. Monica McConkey, a rural mental health specialist from Minnesota, discusses the signs and symptoms of stressed children on the farm and how parents can help struggling youth in this "Rural Realities" episode. 

Farmers navigate tough conversations and situations every single day but talking about farm succession and transition is a once-in-a-lifetime event that can come with its own unique set of challenges. Elaine Froese, a farm transition specialist, shares tips and tricks on setting yourself up for success when transitioning the farm to the next generation in this "Rural Realities" episode.

Experiencing a challenge on the farm? Contact the Wisconsin Farm Center! With more than 50 years of agriculture experience collectively, the Wisconsin Farm Center team offers free and confidential financial planning services, mediation/arbitration, herd-based diagnostics, and more. They can be reached at 800-942-2474 or farmcenter@wisconsin.gov. More information on programs and services are available at https://farmcenter.wi.gov

If you are experiencing increased stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, please contact the free and confidential 24/7 WI Farmer Wellness Hotline at 888-901-2558 for immediate support. Ongoing in-person and tele-counseling sessions are also available by request.