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Communicating with Farmers Under Stress

Our farmers are a valuable resource facing ongoing daily stressors and challenges to their mental health. Find out how you can help them by scheduling a virtual webinar or in-person workshop for your organization or in your community today!

This workshop provides an overview of the stressors experienced by farmers and their families and shares best practices for connecting them with local, state, and national resources. Developed by Michigan State University Extension, Communicating with Farmers Under Stress is designed for agriculture industry professionals, veterinarians, loan officers, family members, and others who interact directly with farmers on a regular basis. The current financial situation for farmers and other potential causes of stress will be reviewed. Participants will learn how detrimental unproductive stress can be on the body and mind, to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and warning signs of suicide in the farming community, and to connect people to available resources.

The Penn State Extension Farm Stress team is comprised of educators from multiple disciplines who understand and support the farming community. Besides this workshop, our team offers Weathering the Storm: How to Create a Productive Mindset  , helping farmers and their families understand the effects of stress and how to manage it effectively.  Additionally, the team offers a workshop, Mental Health First Aid for Adults  , created by the National Council for Mental Well-Being, about how to approach and assist someone with a mental health challenge.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Build awareness of the stressors affecting farmers and their families
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and warning signs of suicide
  • Assess, approach, and assist farmers who are showing changes in their mental health
  • Access local, state, and national resources

Who should attend this workshop:

  • Agriculture industry professionals
  • Loan officers
  • Family members of farmers
  • Concerned citizens

For more information on scheduling training for your organization, contact the farm stress team below.

Abbie Spackman –

Adriana Murillo-Williams –

Christi Powell –

Cynthia Fisher –

Cynthia Pollich –

Elise Gurgevich –

Ginger Fenton –

Linda Fetzer –

Liz Bosak –

Malu Tejada –


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