As resilient as farmers may be, they are not immune to struggles with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts. In times of financial stress, market uncertainty, weather extremes and other challenges, these struggles become most apparent. Recognizing these struggles in a family member, neighbor, client or customer may leave one wanting to respond but unsure of what to say or do to help.
"Communicating with Farmers Under Stress" will help participants recognize and respond when it is suspected a farmer or farm family member might need assistance. The program will build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting farmers and identify stress triggers, signs of stress and helpful techniques for responding. Participants will also learn techniques for identifying, approaching and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively, as well as where to go for additional help. Workshop content is specifically geared towards those working directly with farmers, including lenders, input dealers, co-op staff, other agribusiness professionals, agency staff, etc. but is open to anyone interested in gaining insight into specific aspects of stress related to farmers and farming.
“Communicating with Farmers Under Stress” will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM CST at the Spencer County Youth & Community Center, 1101 E CR 800 N, Chrisney, IN 47611. Registration fee is $25 per person and is due by Friday, February 14. The workshop will include lunch.
Flyer and registration form available at the link below.