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Stress Relief!


Courtesy PR Extension Office

Is this summer throwing you for a loop? Drought, heat, grasshoppers, high nitrates, blister beetles…the list is continuous. Stress can manifest itself in many ways, and the ability to deal effectively with it can be challenging according to MSU Extension Powder River Agent Mary Rumph.

Resources are available to help deal with the desperation, anxiety and depression that many are experiencing. At your fingertips is the Montana Extension website: https:// http://www.msuextension.org/agriculture.html. Click on “Ag & Natural Resources” and then Stress Management. There is a plethora of resources available to examine and discover what might be most helpful.

While it is nice to have friends and family that listen to you talk about your stressors and how you are trying to cope, a neutral third party like a counselor, therapist, or social worker can help you process why you are feeling the way you are, and give you some tips on how to cope. Talking with a professional provides a safe space to work through life challenges. Even if you don’t feel like you are in crisis, it could be helpful to talk to someone.

Consider talking to a professional counselor if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, or disproportionately angry. Therapy may also help if you often feel afraid of people or public spaces, experience anxious or intrusive thoughts, apathy or lack of interest in the world around you. If you are experiencing hopelessness or social withdrawal, talking to a counselor may also be greatly beneficial to you.

Here are some options for whom to call:

Western Montana Mental Health Center, https://www. wmmhc.org/, offers online/ phone therapy from the comfort of your home. Call 556-6500 to schedule or for any questions.

Summit Therapy Center PC offers in-person and telehealth counseling services in both Spanish and English at 547 South 20th Street W, Suite 5, Billings MT. Call 406-272-2606 to schedule or for any questions.

Human Development Clinic- MSU, http://www.montana .edu/hhd/humandevelopmentclinic.html, offers telehealth counseling services for individuals living across Montana. Call (406) 994-4113 to schedule or for any questions.

Family and friends Read "Responding to people under pressure under the big sky.”, https://msuextension.org/wellness/stress-management/distress_map.html for help determining the level of assistance to provide for a person you know suffering from stress.

If you are feeling hopeless seek professional help immediately or call the Montana Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24-hours a day, seven days a week or text "MT" to 741 741.

Please contact the Powder River Extension Office at 436-2424 if you have questions…or just need to talk…we don’t have the answers, but we can help find solutions!


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