Farm Bureau President reminds people of farm stress helpline

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – Rural mental health continues to be a concern with producers facing storm challenges, a continuing trade war and low commodity prices. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal says if you need help or know of someone who does, there is a rural helpline available in South Dakota.

The farm stress hotline number is 1—800—691—4336 and the Suicide Prevention line is 1—800—273—8255. VanderWal also says its important neighbors watch out for each other. He says it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help.

VanderWal says besides those producers going through stress, another concern of the Farm Bureau is younger farmers and ranchers trying to make it through this tough economic time.

Once again those helpline numbers are 1—800—691—4336 or 1—800—273—8255.