Did you know that farmers are more likely than the general population to die by suicide?
NY FarmNet is collaborating with county Cornell Cooperative Extension offices this fall to offer free, full day, in person Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses. Farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community in New York is encouraged to attend. Trainings run from 8 a.m to 5 p.m., and lunch will be provided from a local eatery with a one hour break.
Mental Health First Aid teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. The course intent is to build people’s skills and confidence to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling and learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.
The course teaches how to:
• Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
• Understand how to interact with a person in crisis and connect them with help.
• Use self-care tools and techniques.
The instructors for these courses are part of a recently trained cohort working in the New York agricultural community. They include representatives from NY FarmNet, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau, Young Farmers Coalition, NY Center for Ag Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), and Black Farmers United NYS.
Scheduled full day MHFA trainings for this fall include
Tuesday, October 25, in Middletown/Orange County
Mental Health First Aid teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults.