Rural mental health funding

Mental health services lag in rural Minnesota. Additionally, suicide rates are much higher for farmers in comparison to the average worker. An MPR story cited a study which, “…found that American farmers in the early 1990s to 2010 had a suicide rate three to five times higher than other occupations.”

A proposal introduced to the Agriculture Committee would appropriate $100,000 in general fund money to MnState for statewide mental health counseling to support farm families and business operators. Additionally, it provides $40,000 for farm advocate services. (S.F. 2850)