Rural Mental Health Counselor in Illinois Working with Local Farmers

Rural Mental Health Counselor in Illinois Working with Local Farmers

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Responding to mental health issues on the farm continues to draw more attention. So much so that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture staffs a Rural Mental Health Counselor. Ted Matthews has that job. And over the years, he’s had some tough conversations with farmers who may be reluctant to talk about such a sensitive topic. But he says there are some signs to watch out for when things escalate to suicidal thoughts.

Matthews is in Illinois this week doing several events with local county farm bureaus.