The agriculture community is reeling from the August 29 murder-suicide on a farm near Leeds, North Dakota. Rural mental health specialist Monica McConkey says a tragedy like this has a ripple effect throughout the community. “When these events happen in small communities, everybody is touched at some level because people know the people involved, their kids and their families.” There is typically an outpouring of support when a crisis happens. The neighbors coming together to finish harvest would be one example. McConkey says there is a need for ongoing support. “Often the need for support comes later when real life kicks in,” said McConkey. “There’s a continuing need to provide support the families and loved ones involved.” Resources are available for people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or anxiety. That includes the new 988 crisis lifeline.
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