Responding to crisis: Farmer mental health programs in the extension north central region

Shoshanah Inwood, Florence Becot, Andrea Bjornestad, Carrie Henning-Smith, Andrew Alberth

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Abstract

A number of current events are exacerbating farm stress. Extension and farm organizations have mobilizedresponses to an emerging mental health crisis among farmers. To evaluate these responses, we conducted anonline scan of resources to present a baseline typology of current mental health programs and response effortsin the 12-state Extension North Central Region. We classified responses by type of program, target audience, and delivery format. We identified the need to train mental health counselors and state suicide hotlineresponders on farm issues and farm culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6RIB1
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume57
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • Crisis mobilization
  • Farm crisis
  • Farm family
  • Farm stress
  • Mental health

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