Counselor says managing farm stress has changed

Counselor says managing farm stress has changed

Counselor says managing farm stress has changed

A mental health counselor says dealing with stress on the farm has changed in the past few years.

Jessica Beauchamp from Off the Couch Counseling and Consultation says, “It’s probably always existed. People are just reaching out more now.”

Beauchamp is one of many counselors who work with farmers referred by the Wisconsin Farm Center.  She tells Brownfield that many traditional styles of counseling just don’t work well for farmers. “A lot of times, I will hear feedback from farmers that they’ve been told by another counselor or somebody else ‘work-life balance’ which if you know farming, that’s pretty much impossible so let’s not even go there.