Avera offers free hotline for farmers facing stressful times

A new health service is now available for people in the agriculture industry who are facing stressful times.

Avera Behavioral Health launched its new "Farmer's Stress Hotline" Tuesday morning.

The hotline is available to farmers, ranchers, and their families. It is staffed by trained counselors to help people in the agricultural community navigate difficult times.

“The combination of poor weather conditions and trade turmoil have made things difficult for our farmers and ranchers this past year," said Matthew Stanley, DO, Clinical Vice President for Avera Behavioral Health Service Line. "Mental health care in our rural population is what we specialize in and we want our agricultural friends to know that we are here for them.”

The hotline is free, and available 24/7. The phone number is 800-691-4336.