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Session three: Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities
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July 8, 2020

Session three

Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities

 

This webinar addressed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected access to care, specifically mental health services. Presenters discussed how access to care is critical for farming and rural and frontier communities and highlighted the unique barriers these communities face. Presenters also provided information about telehealth service and resources, and how best practices developed prior and during the pandemic may provide longer-term solutions to mental health care access for farmers and rural communities. Participants gained a deeper understanding of how telehealth services work and how these services are implemented in real-world settings.

 

 

Trainers

  • Holly J. Roberts, PhD
  • Deborah C. Baker, JD
  • Stephen Gillaspy, PhD

 

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Four-part Series Addressing Mental Health Care in Farming and Rural Communities 

COVID-19 is taking a tremendous toll on farming communities across the U.S., which already faced financial hardships before the pandemic. Now, the agricultural community is grappling with greater levels of uncertainty of what will happen to their livelihood in the coming months and years. The pandemic creates a new set of challenges. 

 

    Session one

    Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities

    June 25, 2020

    This webinar addressed the mental health crisis and unique stressors caused by COVID-19 within farming and rural/frontier communities. Presenters spoke to the ways health practitioners and community leaders should address stigma, stressors, mental risk factors, and provide treatment resources in these communities. Participants learned about improving mental health engagement and the unique aspects of providing services within these communities while also getting a "boots-on-the-ground" perspective on mental health care for farmers.

     
    View Resources from Session One
     

    Trainers

    • Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC
    • Kristi Phillips, PsyD

     


    Session two

    Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities

    July 2, 2020

    This webinar discussed co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in farming and rural communities. Speakers outlined the prevalence of mental health and substance use co-occurring disorders, linking research to real-world impact of these disorders. Presenters also touched on the impact of COVID-19 within these communities. Participants learned how primary care providers can screen and identify signs and symptoms of co-occurring disorders as well as potential options for treatment plans.

     

    View Resources from Session Two

     

    Trainers

    • Maridee Shogren, CNM, DNP
    • Rebecca Roller, PsyD, LMFT

     


    Session four

    Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities: Assessment, Ethics, and Preventing Compassion Fatigue

     

    This webinar continued the conversation about co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in farming and rural communities begun by Dr. Rebecca Roller and Dr. Maridee Shogren. In this follow up session Dr. Roller and Dr. Shogren provided additional information for using assessment tools to screen for co-occurring disorders in farming and rural populations, examined the unique ethical considerations created by providing care in small communities, and touched on ways to identify and prevent provider compassion fatigue. Participant questions from the session on Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities were used to help guide this presentation.

     

    View Resources from Session Four

     

    Trainers

    • Maridee Shogren, CNM, DNP
    • Rebecca Roller, PsyD, LMFT

     


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