This webinar will address the mental health crisis and unique stressors caused by COVID-19 within farming and rural/frontier communities. Presenters will speak about the ways health practitioners and community leaders should address stigma, stressors, mental risk factors, and provide treatment resources in these communities. Participants will learn about improving mental health engagement and the unique aspects of providing services within these communities while also getting a "boots-on-the-ground" perspective on mental health care for farmers.
Session One Topic Focus Areas:
• Address stressors, risk factors, social capital, and treatment resources in rural/frontier communities that mental health professionals should be aware of.
• Provide a premier on the unique economic aspects of agricultural production.
• What are the unique aspects of providing mental health services to farmer/ranchers and their families?
The American Psychological Association (APA) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC) in Region 5 (Great Lakes) and 8 (Mountain Plains) have identified opportunities to collaborate and disseminate information to better address the mental health needs surrounding the farming and American frontier communities, through psychological science and research.