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Supporting Mental Well-Being of Farmers and Their Families; HHS Region 8

10:00am - November 17, 2021 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2021
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Supporting Mental Well-Being of Farmers and Their Families; HHS Region 8


November 17, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM/MST | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/CST


Registration is free and required. This session is available to individuals residing in HHS Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY). Certificates of Attendance will be available.

 

As part of our ongoing effort to address farm stress in rural agricultural communities, the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), in collaboration with the Colorado AgrAbility Project, is proud to present Supporting Mental Well-Being of Farmers and Their Families, a training on suicide awareness and prevention for farmers and their families. 

 

Our producers work in high-stress, variable environments with careers and income dependent on weather conditions, variable commodity pricing, tariffs, and more. As a result, many farmers (to include owners, producers, ranchers, and seasonal workers) experience significant stress that can challenge their mental well-being. This session will provide a clear and relevant definition of farm stress and explain how farm owners, ranchers, agricultural workers, and migrant farmers experience farm stress. Dr. Andrew McLean, a clinical professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will 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. Additional topics include specific information about how to prevent and screen for the risk of suicide; and behavioral health care prevention and treatment models that have worked for rural agricultural communities. 

 


Trainer


Andrew McLean, MD, MPH

andrew-mccleanDr. McLean is a Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is also a hospital surveyor for The Joint Commission. He previously was the Medical Director of the ND Department of Human Services. Dr. McLean has served on a number of clinical, administrative, and regulatory boards including medical licensing and professional health programs. He has lectured internationally on pertinent behavioral and public health issues. Dr. McLean has a particular interest in individual and community resilience and collaborative care.