Droughts are unpredictable with regard to duration and magnitude of severity. The impact of droughts on agriculture, farmers, farm families, ag businesses, and rural communities is notable and varies based on many factors at the levels of individuals, family, farm, community, region, and environment. A culmination of these elements may increase the risk of unhealthy stress levels, depression, and the possibility of suicide if coping skills and support systems are not adequate or available. However it is possible to reduce the risk of these negative outcomes by applying helpful interventions.
The program presented during this webinar is designed to help participants understand stress and its impact on individuals, family, and others including the possibility of depression and suicide. Effective means of coping and intervening with stress, depression, and suicide will be presented along with a template for resources. This training is not intended to equip staff to assume counseling roles but is intended to help lay people recognize warning signs and initiate appropriate actions when in the unintended helper role.
Presented by Sherry Nelson, Human Development Specialist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker and
Phyllis Onstad, Retired Extension Educator Family Resource Management, MEd Adult Education, Accredited Financial Counselor, AFC.