ISU Extension offers courses to help individuals with farm-related stress

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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AMES, Iowa — Families who make their living on farms often are exposed to situations beyond their control, causing them to experience exhaustion and distress. At any time, unstable prices, weather, crop or livestock disease, or equipment and communication breakdowns may make the reality of farm living difficult to deal with.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach reminds individuals of resources available to help those dealing with farm stress.

ISU Extension and Outreach offers two options:

  • “Question.Persuade.Refer” is a one-hour virtual course that teaches participants how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. For more information, visit

  • “Mental Health First Aid” is a six-hour virtual course with an additional two-hour self-study pre-course. This in-depth training provides participants the skills they need to reach out and provide support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate resources. For more information, visit

Both courses are available to anyone wanting to make a difference in their communities.

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