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

Recorded On: 07/30/2020

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. 


Thank you to our generous program sponsors:

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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Tara Haskins, DNP, RN

Tara Haskins is a registered nurse with 33 years of clinical experience. She holds a Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Forensics. For the last 12 years, she has been a nurse educator in psychiatric-mental health concepts. Tara has experience in crisis/suicide intervention and addiction treatment in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She is a 2018 AgriSafe Nurse Scholar graduate. As a National Rural Health Association Fellow, she collaborated on a policy paper on disaster preparedness and response in rural communities. Tara continues to advocate at a national level for rural health services and programming.

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