MORE Community Resources

In rural communities, citizens are close knit. We know our neighbors. We look out for each other. If you see someone in your community struggling, these resources may be the first step in moving in a positive direction.

Mental Health

Adult men are most at risk for suicide. In Missouri, about 380 adult men between the ages of 35 and 60 die by suicide each year. This represents a real loss for Missouri families and communities. Suicide can be prevented. It means knowing what to do when you or someone you know is going through a difficult time. It means knowing how and where to get help. Help is available.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a source of support available 24/7 to people in crisis, including challenging reactions to disasters.
    • Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
  • People can call the Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1–800–985–5990) and receive immediate counseling. This free, confidential and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event.
    • People who call and text are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. Helpline staff provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.
  • The Crisis Text Line is also available by texting HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support.
  • If you need help securing food, heat, electricity, health care, childcare, senior programs or other resources important to health and well-being, call 2-1-1 or visit www.211.org. This service is run by the United Way and will connect you to help that is in your area.
  • For help locating mental health facilities and office locations in your area, click here to use the Department of Mental Health’s search tool.

Food Insecurity

Food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. One of the things we try to do in agriculture is tell the farm story, and this is a story that needs to be told. Hunger doesn’t discriminate and we have Missouri families in both rural and urban communities that need our help. The Missouri Hunger Atlas estimates that nearly 1 in 5 Missourians go hungry at some point during the year, and that includes children. In fact, Missouri’s rate of childhood hunger is among the highest in the nation.

Prescription Misuse

The opioid crisis in Missouri has reached epidemic proportions. In 2016, there were 908 opioid- or heroin-related deaths in the state; this is 35% increase over 2015. 2.5 people overdosed and died every day last year, compared with 1.8 the year before. One out of every 66 deaths in the state was due to opioid or opiate abuse in 2016—a significant increase from 2015 when one out of every 89 deaths were opioid-related.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control released a county-by-county study that showed that rural communities are struggling with this issue at a rate higher than our urban neighbors.

To learn more about the State of Missouri's efforts to fight opioids visit https://opioids.mo.gov/.