MT. MORRIS, N.Y. — NY FarmNet and CCE Livingston County are pleased to offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course on August 30th from 9am – 4pm. The training will be held at the Livingston County Building 1 Conference Center located at 1 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris. Farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community is encouraged to attend this free training. Lunch will be provided from a local eatery, with a break from noon to 1pm.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. You’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.
After the course, you will be able to:
• Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
• Understand how to interact with a person in crisis and connect them with help.
• Use self-care tools and techniques.
Participants will be required to complete roughly 2 hours of online pre-work before attending the in person session. The instructors for this course are Ashley Colosi, NY FarmNet family consultant, and Tim Bigham, Senior Field Advisor with NY Farm Bureau. This free training is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture. They have invested nearly $25 million in addressing farmer behavioral health on a state by state basis as part of the Farm and Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) through state Departments of Agriculture.
Go to https://forms.gle/QMyrc7Kj8dJmU88H8 to register by August 19th. Contact NY FarmNet at 1-800-547-3276 with any questions.
This work is supported by 7 U.S.C. 5936, Section 7522 of FCEA of 2008, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), Grant No. 2021-70035-35550, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.