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The NDSU Extension Service recognizes the crucial need for mental and behavioral health awareness, education, and referrals. Although we do not employ mental health professionals, we provide educational resources on topics in mental and behavioral health and partner with existing groups and organizations to further training and support in this area. This site provides information on selected resources and programs to increase awareness and assist individuals in seeking out support for needs related to mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

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Farming and Ranching in Tough Times

Farmers/ranchers and their family members experience pressure from all directions. While all of us must contend with economic ups and downs or family concerns, farmers have added uncertainties such as the weather and commodity prices that directly influence their lives and farming operations.

Farm/ranch stress stirs up many images: racing to town to buy spare parts (and finding they have to be ordered), listening to the radio and hearing the market drop daily (and your bins still are filled with last year’s crop), rushing to get the hay baled before a storm, or listening to a spouse’s frustration with long hours and limited family time. You may find yourself getting more and more frustrated, irritated, or just worn out and discouraged. Yet you are unlikely to reveal the stresses you face or the frustrations you feel as you meet again with the loan officer.

Farm/ranch families often experience pressure, conflict and uncertainty, especially during harvesting and planting. If feelings of frustration and helplessness build up, they can lead to intense family problems involving spouses or partners, children, parents and other relatives. If left unresolved, these feelings can lead to costly accidents, poor decisions, strained relationships, health concerns and deaths. However, you have things you can do to feel better and find help if you need it.

For further information on farming and ranching in tough times, access the remainder of this new educational resource from NDSU Extension by Dr. Sean Brotherson, Extension family science specialist at NDSU, by visiting: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs1804.pdf

 

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Responding to Distressed People

You want to help. As a friend, professional, family or community member, you may encounter people in distress. This information will help you know what to look for, recognize warning signs and take a course of action.

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Responding to Distressed People

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Behavioral Health 101 for Your Community

IVN Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health 101 training seminar, a 3-hour training session, was offered by the Prairie St. John’s mental health program in partnership with the NDSU Extension Service, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The training session included information and guidance on mental health issues in adults and children, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorder, and suicide prevention. The training session was broadcast by IVN (interactive video channel) to sites across the state of North Dakota and was open to a wide range of community professionals. Participants in the Behavioral Health 101 training session in North Dakota were involved at 17 different sites across the state. A total of 186 individuals participated in the training.

If you would like to view the recorded training, please contact Kim Bushaw at kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu.

Behavioral Health 101 for Your Community

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