Online Farm Stress Education Opportunities
- Beyond the Weather: Mental Health in Rural Montana podcast. Presenters explore the topic of rural mental health in Montana from the perspective of a doctor and a patient.
- Cutting Fences podcast. The Cutting Fences Foundation is devoted to strengthening physical and mental wellness through cultivating connection, advocacy, accessibility, prevention, and possibility for agricultural and veteran communities.
- Cultivating Resilence podcast. Together we’ll discuss the specific stresses that farmers face—things like family farm succession, economic burdens, and rural isolation. Follow the show wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode. And please, share the show with someone you think it may help.
- Seeds of Wellbeing (SOW) podcast. Available on Apple podcasts. Aloha & Welcome to the SOW podcast aimed to provide educational support, information, guidance and outreach to farmers, ranchers, and allied agricultural producers in Hawaii. This podcast is brought to you by the Seeds of Wellbeing or SOW Project at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Ag. and Human Resources.
- AgWellness podcast (Utah State University) available on Spotify on this page or transcripts of podcasts are available to read on this webpage.
- The AgWellness podcast explores mental health in the farming and ranching community. Our hosts, Jacob Hadfield and Josh Dallin, are ag extension agents at Utah State University. Mental health is a growing concern in the farming and ranching community and through this podcast, we will share stories about the impact of mental health concerns, helpful resources, and information.
- The Science of Happiness podcast. Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Available via the NPR One Podcast App on Google Play or Apple App Store. Not available on desktop computers.
- Tools for Today's Farmers (Purdue) available on Anchor, Spotify and in Apple Podcasts.
- Rural Realities (Wisconsin Dept of Ag) available on many different platforms
- Given the ongoing challenges facing the agriculture industry – low prices, uncertain markets, trade uncertainty, and inclement weather - it’s no surprise that farmers and farm families are experiencing more stress. “Rural Realities” focuses on helping farmers tap into their resilient nature
- Young Farmers Podcast (National Young Farmer's Coalition) available in Apple Podcasts and Simplecast
*watch for this icon throughout the website- everywhere you see it you'll find a link to a podcast
Online Courses and Resources
- Free Online Course "The Science of Happiness" by BerkeleyX a self-paced course of research-based pratical tips for living a happy life.
- Free AgWell "Well-being Wednesdays" Our Wednesday Workshops are short, online events meant to serve as a space for anyone in or connected to the agricultural community to explore themes around well-being. Register to attend.
- WRASAP list of Ag Stress Assistance Courses from our partner organizations across the Western Region of the U.S.. WRASAP provides a list of current events offered by partners, including Montana State University Extension.
- FREE Financial Resouces from MSU Extension, MSU Economics and Ag Economics Department
- FREE Online Course: Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training Register and learn more
- How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
- How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behavior
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis
- Course is offered on a monthly basis
Supporting Farmer's Mental Health is an interactive, self-paced online training course for behavioral health providers focusing on the mental health needs of farmers and their family members due to the unique challenges and stressors currently facing individuals working as farmers. Providers can earn 6 continuing education hours after completing the course and taking a series of quizzes.
Objectives of the course include:
- Understand the culture of farming and farm family dynamics
- Understand the financial structure of a farm and the stress it produces
- Learn the best approaches to supporting farmers and their families with mental health, substance use, and crisis challenges
- Identify available resources to support farmers and their families
The course consists of 8 modules each focused on a specific topic related to supporting the mental health of farmers. Additional information about the course content and instructors can be found in the course description.
The training is intended for behavioral health providers with an interest in gaining a better understanding of the mental health needs and challenges of farmers and their families.
Webinars & Recorded Lectures
- FREE Webinar Series on Estate and Legacy Planning
- Montana State University Extension will offer a free weekly webinar series on estate and legacy planning beginning in February. Fabulous Fridays will run from Feb. 4 through March 25, with webinars from 10 to 11 a.m. The series is in partnership with the Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center for Youth Development. Find out more on this Fabulous Fridays course page.
- FREE Webinar Series: Seeds of Promise: Growing Resiliency in Times of Stress. A three-part webinar series from the NW Minnesota Foundation. View the webinar series and learn more
- FREE Webinar Series: The Mississippi State University Extension Service PROMISE Initiative Team, in collaboration with the USDA and SAMHSA, is created a webinar series entitled, R is for Rural and Resilient. The webinar series is now available as recordings. To view the recordings and more details on the webinars in the series please visit this page.
- Ted TalkTed Matthews, Mental Health Practitioner on Farm Stress
Ted Matthews discusses the role of mental health in agriculture and daily struggles farmers face every day with communication and stress management.