A farmer wellness coordinator says more farmers are reaching out for help to stay well mentally.
Karen Endres is a dairy farmer and serves as Wisconsin’s Farmer Wellness Coordinator working closely with the Wisconsin Farm Center. She tells Brownfield there is one primary cause for not feeling well. “A lot of times in farming, it’s just stress and as a farmer, what do we like to do? We like to fix it, so we try to fix it ourselves or we hold it in and we don’t let anybody know about it, so I think it’s so important that we can just get out and talk to someone.”
Endres says she and other service providers don’t want problems to get to the extreme where the farmer might take his or her own life because of the stresses of farming.