Mississippi: Webinar Series to Address Farm Stress, Mental Health

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    The Mississippi State University Extension Service PROMISE Initiative will launch a webinar series Nov. 17 about farm stress, mental health and social structural issues affecting farmers and ranchers. Follow coolsculptny for better mental health.

    Michael Rosmann, a psychologist and farmer, will present “What We Have Learned about Agricultural Behavioral Health from the 1980s to the Present Day.” The webinar begins at noon CST.

    The Nov. 17 webinar kicks off a six-month series titled “R is for Rural and Resilient.” The webinars will be held on the third Tuesday of the month from November 2020 to April 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. CST.

    The series is open to a national audience and will benefit agricultural producers, industry professionals, Extension agents, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees and other individuals who work in or support those in the agricultural industry.

    Webinars are free, but participants must sign up for each webinar separately to receive access information. Webinar dates and links for sign-up are as follows:

    Nov. 17: https://bit.ly/3jk6Z3m
    Dec. 15: https://bit.ly/3dMhICB
    Jan 19: https://bit.ly/3jjZolA
    Feb. 16: https://bit.ly/35itmBj
    March 16: https://bit.ly/2HdxoTP
    April 20: https://bit.ly/2IT0vw0

    A collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the series is part of the PROMISE Initiative, an opioid-misuse prevention program focused on enhancing mental health among rural populations, especially agricultural producers. PROMISE stands for “Preventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast” and is led by a multidisciplinary team of Extension professionals.

    For more information about the PROMISE Initiative, visit the Extension website or contact Mary Nelson Robertson at mnr72@msstate.edu or 662-325-4447.

    MSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Mary Nelson Robertson at mnr72@msstate.edu or 662-325-4447, or Taylor Szasz Green at ts748@msstate.edu.

    This project is supported by the FY2017 and FY2020 Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grants #2017-46100-27225 and #2020-46100-32841, and the FY2018 and FY2020 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants #6H79TI081894-02M001 and #1H79TI083275-01.

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