DUBUQUE, Iowa — Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in the webinar series “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” planned from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Farm families and those who work with them are encouraged to attend. Local churches or ag businesses are encouraged to host a community site, following COVID-19 restrictions, to foster group discussion and support.

“This webinar series is a discussion starter and healthy mindset promoter for dealing with rural behavioral and brain health, communication skills and relationship enrichment for self, marriage and families,” said Larry Tranel, pastoral psychologist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist, and program speaker.

Session dates and topics are:

March 2: Farm stress resiliency and grief

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March 9: Personality keys when “married” to farm stress

March 16: Dealing with the stresses of men, women and children

March 23: Brain and behavioral health “hacks” to mitigate distress

Participation is free, but preregistration is required at aep.iastate.edu/stress to gain access to the series.

The series is sponsored by the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, University Extension in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin; and in cooperation with the Dioceses of Madison, Rockford, St. Cloud, Sioux City, New Ulm, Davenport, the Archdiocese of Dubuque, the Synods of Northeastern, Southeastern and Western Iowa ELCA, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and other rural church organizations.