Shouldn't we treat the people of agriculture with the same care we put into our land and animals? It's time for agriculture to change the stigma about mental health.
Farmers commit suicide at nearly twice the rate of the general U.S. population. Mental health challenges in agriculture is a global issue: an Australian farmer takes their life every four days, more than 270,000 farmers in India have died by suicide in the last 25 years, and a U.K. farmer commits suicide each week. Michele believes it's time to change that by talking about what really matters in agriculture – the people.
Markets change. Mother Nature delivers a deadly blow to planting and harvesting. Family tragedy occurs. Contracts are lost. Neighbors become competitors. Trade wars happen. Consumers reject your farming and ranching practices. You're terrified of losing the business built by generations of your family. Agriculture is a frustrating, exhausting, and overwhelming business – but we are taught to be independent, deal with our problems, and not talk about it.
Michele helps ag folks understand they were created as a human, not a farmer or rancher. The families producing our food need to be as concerned with their mental well-being as much as they are with physical wellness or the health of their crops or livestock. This new program will help your audience find:
- Energy to hang on and survive
- Tips to proactively protect your mental health
- Encouragement in the darkest times
- Ways to handle the public stage of criticism
Farmers, ranchers, and the people supporting them need different tools to deal with the storms of change shaking the agricultural business. As a result of this new program, your people will be...
- Armed with tools to reduce stress and find help.
- Empowered to proactively manage their mental health.
- Challenged to find meaning in life beyond work.
- Equipped with resources to share with neighbors, employees, family members, or customers.
Bring "Resiliency for Agriculture" to your conference – contact Michele today to discuss how she delivers hope, healing, and humor through this keynote. If you're ready to break the silence and bring an inspirational look at mental health from one of agriculture's own, this new program is for you.
Michele on FB Live with Theresa Gillie, a farmer whose husband committed suicide. They discuss the impact on surviving family members, ideas for farmers who are struggling, & how we can better care for the ag community's mental well-being.
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