One of the greatest blessings of my life was to have been raised on a farm. My growing up years were filled with family, animals, tractors, 4-H, FFA, gravel roads, and all that comes with being a farm kid.
I left for college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. For the past 25 years, I have worked in the rural behavioral health field both providing direct service as well as supervising programs in an administrative capacity.
In 2016, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting was created with a Mission to increase access to, and remove the stigma often attached to mental health services in rural underserved areas. I currently work as one of two Rural Mental Health Specialists in the state of MN providing mental health counseling to farmers and their families. In addition, I am honored to have the opportunity to travel the country, virtually and in person, sharing thoughts on mental wellness, resilience, rural mental health, and the unique aspects of farm/ranch stress.
It is critical for anyone touched by the Ag Industry to have an understanding of the emotional impact of current trends on farmers, ranchers, and farm families. Growing up on a farm, Monica has first hand insight into farming operations and the unique experiences and barriers farmers and farm families encounter. That paired with 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field has given Monica valuable insight into Emotional Stress on the Farm.
Rural Mental Health
Monica provides Rural Mental Health Specialist services to MN farmers and ranchers. Through a contract with the Minnesota Centers of Agriculture Excellence and the Farm Business Management Program, Monica is available to provide mental health outreach to Minnesota farmers and their families. This program is of no cost to the farmer and is completely confidential.
Monica is available to consult with rural mental health organizations who are interested in becoming more “Agri-culturally” competent. She also provides consultation services to Ag sector and other industry organizations to support them in serving clients and supporting their employees.