Mental health is not a common topic of discussion in our industry, but did you know that farmers have one of the highest suicide rates of any job in the U.S.? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also reports that farmers are among the highest risk professions for drug abuse and alcoholism.
The Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD) has recently been awarded funding from the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to host workshops around the state focused on bringing awareness to Mental Health in rural areas.
In partnership with University of Maryland Extension, MASCD is hoping to make a change in the industry trends towards suicide, drugs and alcoholism in Maryland. A series of free workshops will be held in March, targeted towards, but not limited to, agricultural lenders, agribusiness professionals, crop consultants, extension agents, farm bureau leaders, nutrient management planners, and soil conservation district employees. Attendees will receive training to detect early warning signs and prevention methods for severe mental stress and substance abuse. Farmers and farm families are also welcomed and encouraged to attend.
The workshops will be held at four locations around the state this coming winter:
- Chesapeake College on March 5
- Harford County Public Library in Bel Air library on March 6
- Frederick Community College on March 7
- Charles Soil Conservation District on March 8
Register online for free: eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-workshops-tickets-54707317058
MASCD hopes this project will benefit farm families across the state of Maryland. Stay tuned for more details as registration opens in the coming months. For more information, contact Danielle Bauer, 443-262-8491 or Danielle.email@example.com.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental stress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).