Exploring Mental Health Challenges Faced by Farmers: A Documentary Investigation

A Wisconsin farmer and equipment salesman is working to address the stigma surrounding mental health through his non-profit organization TUGS, or Talking, Understanding, Growing, and Supporting. Jeff Ditzenberger from Wisconsin, who attempted suicide after his military service during Operation Desert Storm and lost a close friend to suicide in 2014, is leading the efforts. His goal is to eliminate stigmas surrounding mental health and provide resources to those in need.

Ditzenberger is featured in the recently released PBS Independent Documentary Greener Pastures, which sheds light on the lack of mental health resources and the challenges faced by farmers. He believes that mental health is still a difficult topic for many farmers, as they are often encouraged to suppress their emotions and remain stoic. Ditzenberger is determined to change this mindset and provide support to those struggling with mental health issues.

The documentary, produced by a college student, showcases the stories of two dairy farmers, a hog farmer, and Ditzenberger as a crop farmer. It explores the challenges farmers face, such as low prices, commodity fluctuations, and the lack of access to mental health resources. If you need someone to talk to or are in crisis, you can reach out to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 9-8-8 or visit Brownfield Ag News dot com for more information.

To learn more about TUGS and their efforts to support mental health in the agricultural community, click HERE. You can also watch the documentary Greener Pastures HERE.

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