Mental Health Innovations Exchange

On the first Wednesday of every month, 2-3 mental health and agricultural professionals talk about their mental health project in a 10-15 minute flash presentation. The objective of our monthly meetings is to engage innovative ideas and strategies to serve the farming and ranching community in the area of mental health. This is an open monthly meeting with representation across our nation. Please extend invitations to colleagues and other professionals that are interested in this subject.

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Coming December 6, 2023:

Jackie Allenbrand – P.H.A.R.M Dog USA

Maret Felzien, MA – COMET

Catch Up on Old Meetings:

Meetings are recorded, so if you have missed one or want to listen again to a presentation, you can!

November 1, 2023

Connie Baptiste – MFH Services4U / Mental Health Certified Peer Support Specialist (start at 1:28)

October 4, 2023

Dave Anderson – PTO Link (start at 1:56)

Darla Tyler-McSherry – Ask in Earnest (start at 30:33)

September 6, 2023

Krystal Butler – Ag Women Connect (start at 2:01)

August 2, 2023

Lee Friesen – Introducing Agriculture Beyond Boundaries, Inc. (start at 2:25)

July 5, 2023

Cheryl Beseler, PhD – FarmResponse (start at 1:07)

Linda Emanuel, BSN, RN – Pork Expo/Mental Health (start at 28:41)

June 7, 2023

Maria Pippidis, AFC, FFC – Confident Conversations (start at 1:47)

Katie Pierce-Farrier – Telehealth for Libraries Course (start at 36:05)

May 3, 2023

Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW – Latino/Farm Worker Outreach (start at 2:49)

Tara Haskins, DNP, MSN, RN, AHN-BC – FarmResponse (start at 30:23)

April 5, 2023

Natalie Bolton, LPCC-S – “Check Your Engine Light” (start at :29)

Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW – Latino/Farm Worker Outreach (start at 23:50)

Adam Ingrao, PHD – Heroes to Hive Project (start at 36:08)

March 1, 2023

Shelbie Lambert, MPH, CHW – Grant Video & Discussion Guide (start at 1:50)

Thao Le, PHD, MPH – Title: Farmer Mental Health in Hawaii: Efforts in Caring (start at 31:35)

Due to technical difficulties, the recording of this session was not captured. Sorry for the inconvenience.

February 1, 2023

Anne Montgomery, Ph.D., Biostatistician, Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center – Stephanie Basey, MSHS, Ph.D. Candidate, Mercer University School of Medicine – Lily Baucom, Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Agriculture Farmer Mental Well-Being: A Study of Georgia Farmers

Sheryl Foland, MSW, LCSW No More Empty Saddles

Ted Matthews Mental Health Outreach Program

January 4, 2023

Frank King The Mental Health Comedian and Suicide Prevention Speaker, works with farm groups to develop effective suicide prevention strategies within their industry (start at 2:34)

Jeni Pedroza Wounded Warrior Project – Mental and Brain Health Services Manager (start at 25:55)

December 7, 2022

Don McMoran Rural and Agricultural Natural Disaster Stress and Recovery Study (start at 1:37)

Marty Cotterman Life Lyfts (start at 27:38)

November 2, 2022

Kristen Gafney, MPH Rural and Agricultural Natural Disaster Stress and Recovery (start at :10)

Lucy Pauley Ag Mediation (start at 22:35)

Kendra Joyce, OTD, OTR.L Cutting Fences Foundation (start at 35:05)

October 5, 2022

Karen Crowley Farm First – Less Stress. More Farming (start at 2:00)

Amanda Roome, PhD / Monique Coombs Stress in Commercial Fisheries (start at 24:27)

Karen Eddington Strong Under Pressure: Skills to Ride the Wave (start at 42:19)

September 7, 2022

Michele Payne, CSP Growing Agriculture’s Stress Management Tools (start at :13)

Cheryl Dean Witt, PhD, RN Keeping Farmer’s Healthy and In the Field (start at 30:30)

August 3, 2022

Briana Hagen, MSC, PhD, University of Guelph
Farmer Mental Health in Canada: Updates and Available Resources (start at :40)

Amanda DeDiego, PhD, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, University of Wyoming
The Public Access Telehealth Spaces (PATHS) Initiative: Addressing Healthcare Equity and Access Through Public Library Partnerships (start at 21:10)

Faye McGuire, OTD, OTR/L, AgrAbility
Texas AgrAbility’s Mental Health Support and Resources for Veterans and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (start at 43:20)

July 6, 2022

Monica McConkey, LPC, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting
Effective Mental Health Accessibility in Ag: The Minnesota Rural Mental Health Program (start at :17)

Soni Cochran, MS, Nebraska Extension
Improving Mental Well-Being in Rural Nebraska (start at 33:33)

FarmResponse (start at 54:07)

June 1, 2022

Chad Reznicek, MA, LPC, Colorado AgrAbility Project
An Overview of Colorado AgrAbility Project’s Behavioral Health Focus (start at :01)

Clinton Wilson, AgWell
Supporting Well-Being in Agriculture (start at 16:15)

May 4, 2022

Kaila S. Anderson, LMSWLandLogic Founder
A New Approach Incorporating the Love of the Land Into a Farmer’s Healing Journey (start at 1:00)

Karen Endres, Wisconsin Farm Center
Strategies and Resources When the Stress is Too Much (start at 15:30)

Brian S. Hammer, MPA, CDS, Nationwide AgriBusiness Insurance
Safety Stress: Using Vehicle Technology to Help You Alleviate Concern and Manage Safe Vehicle Operation (start at 35:31)

March 2, 2022

Veronica McClendon, Esq., McClendon Law and Consulting, LLC
Promoting Peace of Mind by Addressing Heirs’ Property and Implementing Effective Succession Planning Strategies (start at :02)

Shelbie Lambert, MPH, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury, and Prevention and Education
Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury, and Prevention and Education Social Media Toolkit (start at 16:15)

Dale Dobson, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Learn about the value of a handshake and the “passing of the coin” as a way to bridge hope. (start at 31:29)

February 2, 2022

Adam Kantrovich, PhD, Clemson University Cooperative Extension
State based grassroots approach to AgriWellness in South Carolina (start at :04)

Jason Medows, RPh, Pharm D, Ag State of Mind Podcast
Using podcasts to break the stigma regarding mental health in agriculture (start at 22:04)