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Farm Youth and Stress

Farm Youth and Stress

Agricultural producers experience worse mental health than the general population. Research, resources, and services have mostly targeted adult owners/operators and farmworkers. However, children live and work in the agricultural environment. During this webinar, we will take a closer look at the status of farm youth mental health. We will recognize causes of stress among youth living in farming and rural communities and highlight the resources available to assist families.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the status of farm youth mental health including prevalence of anxiety and depression
  • Recognize common and unique reasons or causes of stress among youth living in farming and rural communities
  • Identify mental health and wellness resources available to assist farm families and where to locate them

Our Presenters:
Jana Davidson is program manager of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and leads the foundationโ€™s program team by overseeing day-to-day and long-range program operations while continuing to strengthen the overall reach, impact, and outcomes of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Dayยฎ programs. She guides the program staff through ongoing efforts to reach more children, families, and communities throughout North America to best align with the ongoing needs in rural and farming landscapes. Davidson received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in agribusiness management and went on to earn a Master of Education specializing in teaching & curriculum. She has been a volunteer with the PAF Safety Day program since 2005 and continues to coordinate a PAF Safety Day in her local community.

Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Rudolphiโ€™s research quantifies the burden of mental health conditions among agricultural populations, identifies risk and protective factors, and considers socio-ecological interventions. She co-directs the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, a 12-state collaborative that increases and expands stress and mental health services to agricultural producers, workers, and their families.

To participate in this free, one-hour webinar, click here to access the online registration form. Registration closes Friday, September 22. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.

The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center is supported by USDA-NIFA Project 2020-70028-32728. The National AgrAbility Project is supported by AgrAbility Project, USDA/NIFA Special Project 2021-41590-34813.

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