Help for drought related stress
Recent rains have reduced some of the impacts of the drought in Arkansas, but the strain on farmers remains a major concern. As disappointing harvests become a reality for many, the financial and emotional impacts of the drought may lead some farm families into crisis.
The Cooperative Extension Service is providing a free, one-hour webinar (Sept. 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm CST) to provide Extension educators, other agriculture professionals, and farm families with basic resources to address mental/behavioral issues related to the drought. Topics include:
- Mental health issues likely to be encountered by drought-stressed farmers (depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts and actions, substance abuse)
- Proper identification of signs and symptoms of stress disorders
- Appropriate responses for farm family members
- Referral sources for additional assistance
To participate in this free webinar, click here for an online registration form by Friday, September 21. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Tuesday, September 25. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email email@example.com if you have questions.
Get more information about AgrAbility in Arkansas:
http://www.arfamilies.org/health_nutrition/agrability/default.htm or contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service office http://www.uaex.edu/findus/county_offices.htm.