INFORUM - As Brenda Mack looks over the sugar beet field she helps farm, she's reminded of the tough times she and husband Trent Brekken have faced throughout this harvest season.
"I grew up in a farm family in East Grand Forks, my husband's been farming his whole life, and it's been the most difficult harvest that he can remember," Mack said.
Their struggles, along with the struggles of others, inspired them to open their shop to farmers all across Polk County for a support session in conjunction with the Northwestern Mental Health Center.
During the session Saturday, Dec. 14, they shared cups of coffee and conversation, which Brekken said was a great way to open up about the harvest.
"(It's) just a bunch of (the) community getting together and just talking about how they did this year and the struggles they had," he said. "It's good to talk about it and just get it out in the open."
Let’s face it, transitioning to a niche market or picking up more work is not a solution for every farmer facing hard times. Some will need to stop farming. While that may be hard, it can also be an opportunity.
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On the heels of a historically bad and/or difficult 2019 harvest, area farmers and their significant others were invited to “Coffee, Conversation and Community Support” events on Saturday, one in Crookston and one in East Grand Forks.
These are emotions we experience from time to time. However, when these feelings become the norm, it may be time to seek help from a professional.
Deciding whether or not mental health treatment is right for you can seem daunting. Remember, you are not alone. We are here to help.
No matter who you are or what problems you are struggling with, we have a caring team of people ready to support you with guidance and treatment that only skilled mental health professionals can give.