Farm Youth Mental Health: What We Know and How to Help
Summary: Caring for both the physical and emotional health of our next generation is crucial. From adapting to changes to feeling overwhelmed, like adults, children also experience stress and anxiety; however, they may be unsure of what they are feeling and how to respond. During this webinar, we will take a closer look at the status of farm youth mental health. We will recognize causes of stress among youth living in farming and rural communities and highlight the resources available to assist families.
Intended Audience: Extension, practitioners, educators, farming/rural families, etc.
Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to...
- Describe the status of farm youth's mental health including the prevalence of anxiety and depression.
- Recognize common and unique reasons or causes of stress among youth living in farming and rural communities.
- Identify mental health and wellness resources available to assist farm families and where to locate them.
Josie Rudolphi, PhD
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist
University of Illinois
Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Rudolphi’s research quantifies the burden of mental health conditions among agricultural populations, identifies risk and protective factors, and considers socio-ecological interventions. She is the director of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance, a 12-state collaborative that increases and expands stress and mental health services to agricultural producers, workers, and their families
Jana Davidson, M.Ed.
Progressive Agriculture Foundation
As Program Manager, Jana Davidson leads the Foundation’s program team overseeing day-to-day and long-range program operations, while continuing to strengthen the overall reach, impact, and outcomes of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® programs. She guides the program staff through ongoing efforts to reach more children, families, and communities throughout North America to best align with the ongoing needs in rural and farming landscapes. Davidson received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Agribusiness Management and went on to earn a Master of Education specializing in Teaching & Curriculum. Davidson believes in the mission of the PAF Safety Day program in helping provide practical solutions through hands-on education and resources to overcome the problem of preventable injuries and fatalities among youth living, working, and visiting farms. She has been a volunteer with the PAF Safety Day program since 2005 and continues to coordinate a PAF Safety Days in her local community.