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FarmHer: Elevating the Mental Health Discussion

We all have bad days, but it's important to discern when it's more than that.

Some days are hard. Heck, some months and years are hard. Sometimes it’s a job problem or maybe it’s a family thing: sick kids, aging parents, money, land, life.  

Sometimes though, everything in the world can be right and the days are still hard. Sometimes, despite having every reason to power through, you just feel like you can’t. Have you ever felt like that? You’re not alone. Does someone you love struggle? You are not alone in that either.

There have been times in my life where the days seemed really, really hard. Today, still, 38 years in, I’m learning how to be my best self and manage when I’m not. I’ve learned that equal parts supportive family, sunshine on my face, and a run down a path keep me in a good place.

One of the stories I have had the pleasure of sharing is that of Michelle Jones, a FarmHer from Montana, pictured here. She shared her personal story on her blog (bigskyfarmher.com) about a dive into postpartum depression following the birth of her second child.

For Jones, the weight of depression started to lift when she shared her struggles with her family and doctor.

Knowing you can ask for help is important. Getting it is even more important.

Let’s work together to elevate this message. Open up the discussion, reach out to those around you for support. Listen to those around you who need a friendly ear. Give grace to yourself and to others.

If you don’t have anyone to reach out to or don’t feel like you have the resources, in the U.S. you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800/273-8255. It’s never going to hurt; it’s only going to help.

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