AgriSafe Webinar – Mental Health in Farm and Ranch Country: How Communities Can Help

Thursday, July 30, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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.

Tara Haskins, DNP, RN

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


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

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