The program provides 1:1 mental health support for farmers and their families. Farmers experience challenges unique to their profession – isolation, uncertainty, and risk. The program coordinator, Alma Jorgenson, can meet with farmers individually or with families to help talk through some of the stresses that come along with farming.
The program serves Northeast MN and Northern WI. In MN we serve: Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Pine, Aitkin, and Itasca counties. In WI we serve: Douglas, Burnett, Washburn, Sayer, and Bayfield counties.
We have developed some materials to explain the program and are always willing to answer questions. The best thing to do would be to let the person know you care about them, and that they can contact Alma Jorgenson to talk about what they are experiencing. It’s confidential and no insurance is involved. Feel free to call Alma anytime to get some support and advice on how to handle those hard conversations.
Nothing. The services from this program are free of charge and fully funding by a grant from the Miller-Dwan Foundation. No insurance is needed.
The program coordinator is able to come to the farmer, or meet remotely if that’s preferred. She is able to meet the farmer at their farm or at another local location such as a church or café. The location can be determined between the farmer and Alma.
No, the program is designed to help people before they get to a crisis or to help manage stress after a crisis situation.
If you or a farmer you know is in a crisis situation, please reach out to one of the resources:.
Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline Available 24/7 - (833) 600-2670
Aitkin Crisis Line – 800-462-5525
Carlton Crisis Line – 844-772-4724
Cook Crisis Line – 844-772-4724
Itasca Crisis Line – 218-326-8565
Lake Crisis Line – 844-772-4724
Pine Crisis Line – 800-523-3333
St. Louis North Crisis Line – 218-288-2100
St. Louis South Crisis Line – 844-772-4724
24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline - 1-888-901-2558
Bayfield Crisis Line – 866-317-9362
Burnett Crisis Line – 888-552-6642
Douglas Crisis Line – 715-392-8216 or 715-395-2259
Sawyer Crisis Line – 866-317-9362
Washburn Crisis Line – 888-860-0373
No, it’s designed to be a conversation with someone who truly understands the stresses farmers face, not a clinical service. Alma understands the challenges of farming and is available to have a conversation to help farmers manage some of the stress that they are experiencing.
The first step would be to reach out to the program coordinator. Alma is willing to speak at community meetings and events where farmers will be in attendance.
Alma is able to speak on many topics that surround farm stress and rural mental health. Potential topics include the current climate of agriculture, general farm stress, how to manage stresses like uncertainty and isolation, or how to manage the emotions of complicated family dynamics.
Alma can send you brochures to post in public locations or share with farmers, you can raise awareness about the program in public meetings and forums, and you can share the program website in social media: https://lschc.org/patient-services/rural-health/
Cell Phone: 218-491-1788