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Workshop aims to help people reach out to stressed farmers

Workshop aims to help people reach out to stressed farmers

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The conversation at the feed counter lamenting that the latest soybean crop won’t be any good when it’s harvested might actually be a cry for help.

Wyoming County officials are offering a workshop Jan. 17 to help train colleagues, friends and loved ones of farmers to recognize and offer help to those feeling overwhelmed by emotional and mental stress by farming in today’s difficult economic climate.

The day-long Mental Health First Aid Training on how to start a conversation about mental health will take place at the Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center Street, Warsaw. The fee for the workshop, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lunch, is $25.

The program is sponsored by New York FarmNet, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northwest New York Dairy Livestock and Field Crops Team, and the Wyoming County Mental Health Department.

Interested participants can register online, or by contacting Lisa Aures at Cornell Cooperative Extension by emailing [email protected] or calling (585) 786-2251, ext. 123.  Questions about the training can be answered by calling the Wyoming County Mental Health Department at (585) 786-8871.

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