Many farm families and others in the agricultural industry often struggle, suffering silently, with mental health. This Mental Health Awareness Month, Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team Chair Lowell Neitzel, along with other farmers and industry leaders, urged farmers to speak up and share their struggles, reminding them that they are not alone.
During an interview with RFD-TV's Suzanne Alexander, Neitzel shared how this topic hits home for him and urged those struggling personally, or who see others who may be, to support one another and seek help.
“If you see someone who is acting not quite like themselves, just pick up the phone,” said Neitzel. “You just have to start a conversation. And, if you are feeling bad, reach out to that one person that you know that has your back – a friend, partner, family member, your preacher, your doctor – someone who will help you seek the help that you need.”
To watch, click here: Mental Health Awareness Month hits home for one Kansas farmer - (rfdtv.com)
This interview adds to MCEAT’s advocacy work on this important issue. To view a video the team created to begin conversations and increase awareness prior to the interview, click here.
Please, help us look out for signs. Saying something might mean everything.