Illinois Ag Mental Health Summit scheduled

The Illinois Ag Mental Health Summit will be hosted by AgrAbility of Illinois, University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Farm Bureau March 4 at the Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington.

Attendees will gather from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss and share available mental health resources and services for farmers and the agricultural community.

The Illinois Ag Mental Health Summit seeks to identify and showcase mental health and stress management resources available to farmers in Illinois. During the one-day meeting, participants will have the opportunity to network with others in the ag mental health space and explore opportunities to increase resource dissemination.

“The mental health of farmers has become a major focus among health professionals, U of I Extension and agribusiness. In Illinois, there are several organizations working to create resources and many other organizations who need resources. Often, the two are unaware of each other. The goal of the summit is to really inventory and showcase the resources and services in the state and connect the organizations creating resources with the organizations that need resources,” explained Dr. Josie Rudolphi, co-director of the Illinois AgrAbility program, which helps farmers with disabilities continue farming.

“At the end of the day we hope to have a catalog of materials - websites, hotlines, webinars, literature, programming, events - that we can distribute around the state.”

To register for the summit online, click on “Illinois Ag Mental Health Summit Registration.”

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