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Implementing Farm Stress Grab-n-Go Kits in HHS Region 7 and 8 Communities


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Farm stress is the stress experienced by farmers and their families due to the unique agricultural work environment. This past year created escalating levels of mental health distress for everyone. In response to the pandemic, 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.  

 

During this presentation, participants will learn who could benefit from using these free resources, how to use the resources effectively, and a brief background on the conversations and research that spurred the resources' development.

 

After attending this session, participants can expect to:

 

  1. Learn why the Farm Stress Grab-n-Go Kits were made and who can benefit from using these resources. 
  2. Learn how to effectively use the Farm Stress Grab-n-Go Kits, as well as other MHTTC Farm Stress resources. 
  3. Learn how to initiate difficult community conversations about mental health issues to support community-based solutions. 

 


Trainers


  • Brandy Clarke, PhD, LP, Director, Region 7 Mid-America MHTTC
  • Erika Holliday, MPH, CHES, Sr. Program Support Coordinator, Region 7 ATTC,
  • Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC, University of North Dakota, Region 8 MHTTC and ATTC
  • Genevieve Berry, Project Manager, Region 8 MHTTC