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Help for drought related stress

September 12, 2012

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 agrability@agrability.org 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.

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