The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture.

Funded through the USDA’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, this partnership provides a variety of services, including individual counseling, tele-health and medication management, at no cost to the participant.

The Counseling Access for Montana Ag program was created to address challenges facing those working in agriculture and ensure that farm and ranch families are receiving the support they need when experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns.

“Working in agriculture is stressful — plain and simple,” said Christy Clark, director of the Montana Department of Agriculture. “Montana’s farmers and ranchers are carrying heavy workloads, braving the elements no matter the weather, not to mention taking care of equipment, animals, family members and everything else that comes along with their work of feeding the world. Our department is excited to roll out resources to ensure our producers are taken care of first and foremost, because they are truly the most important part of their operation.”

Clark grew up on a ranch west of Choteau and is a former state legislator for House District 17.

Frontier Psychiatry CEO Eric Arzubi, M.D., said in a news release, “Any farmer or rancher can tell you, farm life is stressful. In the last two years alone, our state’s producers have faced a pandemic, a worsening drought, financial pressures due to fluctuating commodity prices, labor shortages and trade disruptions. We are excited to be supporting our Montana farmers and ranchers by increasing access to mental health resources no matter where they live.”

The program is open to any Montanan involved in agriculture.

Go online to www.frontier.care/beyondtheweather.html or call 406-200-8471 and press 7 to learn more and schedule an initial appointment.