Farm Stress Grab-n-Go Kits
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Farm stress is the stress experienced by farmers and their families due to the unique agricultural work environment. The global health pandemic has had a substantial effect on farm stress. Farming and ranching communities already dealing with high stress levels saw incidents of drug and alcohol abuse rapidly increase, as well as rising numbers of death by suicide.
In response to the increasing need for mental health tools designed to address the specific needs of farm and ranching communities, the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and the Mountain Plains MHTTC collaborated to develop a set of easy-to-use ("Grab-n-Go") presentations and flyers for use by extension offices and behavioral health providers in farm communities. Based on interviews with extension agents in HHS Region 7 and HHS Region 8, the team identified four key areas of concern: mental health awareness, stigma, co-occurring disorders, and death by suicide.
- Erika Holliday, MPH, CHES, Sr. Program Support Coordinator, Region 7 ATTC
- Mogens Bill Baerentzen, PhD, Serious Mental Illness Program Director, Region 7 Mid-America MHTTC
- Stephanie Smith Kellen, MA, PLMHP, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern Region 7 MHTTC
- Brandy Clarke, PhD, LP, Director, Region 7 Mid-America MHTTC
- Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC, University of North Dakota, Region 8 MHTTC and ATTC
- Genevieve Berry, Project Manager, Region 8 MHTTC