Minnesota’s new rural mental health specialist is on the job. Monica McConkey has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years, most recently at Prairie St. Johns and with her consulting business Eyes on the Horizon. “There’s so much emphasis on preventing suicide with our farmers, but I think it is so much more than that,” said McConkey. “It’s helping them not live with so much emotional pain as they deal with stress and the difficult conditions. I just want to be a resource.” McConkey is based at Detroit Lakes and will primarily cover northern Minnesota. The position was funded by the state legislature and is contracted through the AgCentric Farm Business Management program.
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