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Community event provides mental health support for farmers

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ZUMBROTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- There's no denying it, it has been a tough year for farmers.

Thursday in Zumbrota, a discussion on mental health - particularly for those working in agriculture in an event titled "Farming in Tough Times."

According to a survey conduced by the University of Minnesota Extension, 90 percent of respondents working in agriculture experience occupational stress.

A new resource for those struggling is the Extension's new taskforce. The taskforce aims to tackle mental health issues and the lack of care in rural communitities.

Taskforce Director Emily Wilmes says she hopes attendees leave with something they didn't have before.

"I hope they walk away with a confidence in being able to reach out that they may be concerned about someone," Wilmes said. "Maybe the concern is for themselves, that they know that its okay, and its okay not to be okay and that they can find the help is out there."

Wilmes adds that events like this are a great way to bring the community together and make connections.

Beret Leone

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