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Mental Health First Aid for the Agriculture Community

mental health first aid for the ag community
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Learn how to help someone experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues

Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers have worse mental health than the general population. Give someone in your community a hand by learning how to recognize and respond when someone might need help.

  • Gain skills to identify signs of mental health issues
  • Learn how to communicate with someone experiencing them
  • Leave with resources to connect someone with help

Topics: Mental illness symptoms, substance use signs, crisis interaction, trauma, addiction, and self-care. 

Who should attend? This statewide training is for ag producers, agribusiness personnel, stakeholders, and anyone who wants to support the agriculture community

Register: Sign up for free by January 12 at


This program is presented by Karla Belzer and Cheri Burcham in partnership with the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, Farm Family Resources Initiative, and the SIU Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Department. 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Karla Belzer at (815) 632-3611 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.