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 July 5, 2023:

To be announced!

Catch Up on Old Meetings:

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

June 7, 2023

Maria Pippidis, AFC, FFC – Confident Conversations

Katie Pierce-Farrier – Telehealth for Libraries Course

May 3, 2023

Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW – Latino/Farm Worker Outreach

Tara Haskins, DNP, MSN, RN, AHN-BC – FarmResponse

April 5, 2023

Natalie Bolton, LPCC-S – “Check Your Engine Light”

Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW – Latino/Farm Worker Outreach

Adam Ingrao, PHD – Heroes to Hive Project

March 1, 2023

Shelbie Lambert, MPH, CHW – Grant Video & Discussion Guide

Thao Le, PHD, MPH – Title: Farmer Mental Health in Hawaii: Efforts in Caring

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

Jeni Pedroza Wounded Warrior Project – Mental and Brain Health Services Manager

Denise Robertson (Rollin) Farm Management Canada Project Manager

December 7, 2022

Don McMoran Rural and Agricultural Natural Disaster Stress and Recovery Study

Marty Cotterman Life Lyfts

November 2, 2022

Kristen Gafney, MPH Rural and Agricultural Natural Disaster Stress and Recovery

Lucy Pauley Ag Mediation

Kendra Joyce, OTD, OTR.L Cutting Fences Foundation

October 5, 2022

Karen Crowley Farm First – Less Stress. More Farming

Amanda Roome, PhD / Monique Coombs Stress in Commercial Fisheries

Karen Eddington Strong Under Pressure: Skills to Ride the Wave

September 7, 2022

Michele Payne, CSP Growing Agriculture’s Stress Management Tools

Cheryl Dean Witt, PhD, RN Keeping Farmer’s Healthy and In the Field

August 3, 2022

Briana Hagen, MSC, PhD, University of Guelph
Farmer Mental Health in Canada: Updates and Available Resources

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

Faye McGuire, OTD, OTR/L, AgrAbility
Texas AgrAbility’s Mental Health Support and Resources for Veterans and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

July 6, 2022

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

Soni Cochran, MS, Nebraska Extension
Improving Mental Well-Being in Rural Nebraska


June 1, 2022

Katherine James, PhD, MS, MSPH, Colorado School of Public Health
Mental and Behavioral Health in Agriculture Workers in a Rural Community in a 20-year Drought

Chad Reznicek, MA, LPC, Colorado AgrAbility Project
An Overview of Colorado AgrAbility Project’s Behavioral Health Focus

Clinton Wilson, AgWell
Supporting Well-Being in Agriculture

May 4, 2022

Kaila S. Anderson, LMSWLandLogic Founder
A New Approach Incorporating the Love of the Land Into a Farmer’s Healing Journey

Karen Endres, Wisconsin Farm Center
Strategies and Resources When the Stress is Too Much

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

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

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

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.

February 2, 2022

Adam Kantrovich, PhD, Clemson University Cooperative Extension
State based grassroots approach to AgriWellness in South Carolina

Jason Medows, RPh, Pharm D, Ag State of Mind Podcast
Using podcasts to break the stigma regarding mental health in agriculture