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Registration open for free suicide prevention webinars

The QPR Suicide Prevention trainings offered by NDSU Extension will focus on suicide prevention and provide helpful mental health resources.

Addressing the wellness needs of those working in agriculture or related areas will be the focus of several upcoming Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention webinars sponsored by North Dakota State University Extension. The 90-minute webinar will address concerns of high stress levels in agriculture-related jobs and the toll on mental and emotional well-being. It will be offered three times: Jan. 9, Feb. 6 and March 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST.

Research indicates the suicide rate is significantly higher for those working in agriculture. The QPR training will provide participants with awareness and skills to recognize and respond to warning signs of a mental health crisis or suicidal thinking and how to respond in an appropriate and supportive way.

“Ongoing farm and ranch stress takes a toll on health, including one’s mental and emotional well-being,” says Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension family science specialist. “We say, ‘Sometimes you need help and sometimes you are help.’”

NDSU Extension agents Katie Henry, Cavalier County, and Madeleine Smith, Pembina County, will facilitate the webinar.

Though focused on individuals working in and around agriculture, anyone interested in the topic can register. There is no cost for the training, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Registration is limited to the first 30 participants per webinar. Interested individuals should register early for their preferred date. Visit ndsu.ag/qpr-training to learn more and register.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Adriana Drusini at adriana.drusini@ndsu.edu or Sean Brotherson at sean.brotherson@ndsu.edu.

NDSU Extension – Dec. 18, 2023

Source: Sean Brotherson, 701-231-6143, sean.brotherson@ndsu.edu

Editor: Elizabeth Cronin, 701-231-7881, elizabeth.cronin@ndsu.edu

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