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Mental Health 1st Aid

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mental Health First Aid Trainings Available for New York’s Agricultural Community

NY FarmNet is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to bring Mental Health First Aid training to the agricultural community in four location across the state.This is a chance for field representatives, agricultural professionals, farm neighbors and agency staff to learn how to start a conversation with someone who seems to really be reaching out or needing some help with their emotions or mental health. As this period of low commodity prices has stretched on, those working directly with farmers are also experiencing high levels of stress. Many agricultural service providers need additional training and information to help their co-workers, neighbors, and farmers they work with.

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

The closest training in NNY is set for:

February 28 from 8:00 am – 4 pm at SUNY Potsdam in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. Barrington Student Union, Fireside Lounge.$30.00 per person.Register on-line at-https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/main/events_landing.cfm?event=mentalhealthtraining_240

or call 315-379-9192 Exr 237.

Contact Kate Downes at kdownes@cornell.edu with any questions regarding the four trainings. Additional information on the trainings is available at: https://www.nyfarmnet.org/

NY FarmNet is based in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University through a network of personal and financial consultants, NY FarmNet works on the farm with farm families to address business viability, mental health, communication, and farm succession planning.. Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being across New York State.




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Kate Downes



SUNY Potsdam
Barrington Student Union
Fireside Lounge
Potsdam, NY 13676