Agriculture moves with the seasons, and each season brings both predictable and unexpected events. At UMASH, we’ve been working to support resilience in farmers, so that the agricultural community can navigate each turn and season, many of which can bring stressors.
Based on community work and engagement, UMASH hosted an annual forum in 2018: Building Resilient Agricultural Communities. This forum was the impetus for resource development, three partner projects, community work, and more that targeted the chronic stress in agriculture and how we can be a resilient industry. Megan Schossow and co-authors Diane Kampa and Jeff Bender published a commentary in the Journal of Aeromedicine on this work. You can find context and background, details on the forum, the projects that followed, and the early impacts of this work.
Read the commentary, published in April 2022.
STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
Cultivating Resilience in Rural Communities Toolkit
This toolkit includes a discussion guide, participant worksheet, video and other materials that discussion leaders can use to plan, prepare and host a group conversation on mental health in agriculture in a community setting. The resources include the “nuts and bolts” of organizing, promoting and hosting a conversational event.