Mental Health in Farm and Ranch Country: How Communities Can Help!

Last updated on July 9th, 2024 at 09:59 am

Summary: In rural communities, the stigma associated with mental distress is hard to confront. Rural agricultural residents pride themselves as hard-working and dedicated to the land. These characteristics are sometimes in direct conflict with asking for help and self-care, leaving those around them at a loss for words and action. This presentation attempts to use the strengths of rural- self-reliance of communities and being a good neighbor- to frame the conversation of mental health and mental distress. Approaches to community assessment, community resources, and effective training programs to help rural residents craft solutions to grow a community network of mental health neighbors will be shared.

Intended Audience: Community members, agricultural producers, farmworkers, community leaders

Objectives: At the end of this presentation participants will be able to-

  1. Identify two barriers as it relates to their community regarding mental health services and conversations among rural residents.
  2. Name three signs that signal mental distress in agricultural residents.
  3. Implement at least two statements or questions that can open conversation with someone you suspect is experiencing mental distress.
  4. Name a community-based mental health training that can be implemented to expand your community network of mental health neighbors.

Funded through the generous support of:

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   Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Categories: Mental Health