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Sustainable Livelihoods and Behavioral Health: Strategies and Partnerships to Address Farm Stress and Suicide
Please join us for the USDA’s virtual convening, Sustainable Livelihoods and Behavioral Health: Strategies and Partnerships to address Farm Stress and Suicide, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 17, 18, 19, 2022 from 1:00-5:00 pm ET. Throughout the past several years, the farm economy has faced tremendous challenges, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While mental health is a struggle many Americans face, there are a significant number of rural Americans working through tough mental health situations.

The event convenes leaders from Federal agencies, the farming and ranching sector, technical assistance providers, as well as individuals and other strategic partners, to focus on current challenges, the USDA response, as well as best practices and strategies addressing farm and ranch stress. Key takeaways include:

• Information on the Federal agency response to farm stress, including initiatives like the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) and the 988-hotline
• Presentations from the USDA Rural Health Liaison team and Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Agencies
• Interactive regional breakout sessions bringing together Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network partners, Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grantees, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration regional staff
• Capacity building trainings and workshops for USDA staff, technical assistance providers, and farmer-serving organizations, as well as clinicians and behavioral health providers

America’s farmers and ranchers are resilient, but even the most stalwart can experience stress. USDA is dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers work through and cope with accumulated stress that comes from the tough, but enriching agricultural life to which they are committed.

The convening agenda and additional event materials can be found https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/other. If you have any questions, please contact partnerships@usda.gov.
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