Addressing Farm Stress and Rural Mental Health
May 5, 2021
3:00pm - 4:15pm MST | 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
This session describes the definition of farm stress, contributing factors, the impact of farm stress on the family and community, barriers to utilization of mental health services in agricultural communities, and how farming demographics and associated stress vary by U.S. region. Presenters will also share resources and successful community models.
This training has been accepted for presentation at the National Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, visit the conference registration page.
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Provide a clear definition of farm stress, and explain how farm owners, ranchers, agricultural workers, and migrant farmers experience farm stress.
- Discuss the prevalence of mental illness (to include substance misuse), as well as barriers to mental health care access and utilization among rural and agricultural communities.
- Identify behavioral health care prevention and treatment models that have worked for rural agricultural communities as well as key community stakeholders who can help to address barriers to mental health care.
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
Shawnda Schroeder is a Research Associate Professor, and the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Dr. Schroeder participates in rural health research, directs state program evaluation, and supervises graduate student internship and practicum experiences at the CRH. She serves as principal investigator of the Rural Health Research Gateway, a website that provides access to publications and projects funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Under the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Shawnda provides training on rural mental health, leads web content development, and conducts research on stigma as well as mental health training needs. Dr. Schroeder is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Health, and is an elected member of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences' Research Committee.