On-Line Webinars For Women May Be Your Option

There’s an important seminar Wednesday, January 9th, in Loganville to try and help farm families deal with the stress of production agriculture in 2019.  The event begins at noon featuring Sue Springer-Judd, coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Coalition Iowa County WI and Dale Meyer, Loganville resident who’s forming a support group for stressed families.  The event is free, and open to anyone, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 325 Mill St., Loganville.

If you don’t want to take time away from home – there’s still other options for getting help.

A new interactive series of online sessions to help women in agriculture cope with stress — called “Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture”— continues on Jan. 11 and 25. The series of 90-minute webinars is a joint project of American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension-Women in Ag Network and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).

The free sessions start at noon central, will include a Q&A session and will be recorded and archived for later viewing:

       Jan. 11 – Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress
       Jan. 25 – You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup — How do you fill it up to support yourself and others?

A recording of the first session, Impact of Farming and Ranching Stress for Women 101, can be viewed here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1561887448665213954

Upcoming sessions include:

       Feb. 8 – Building and Maintaining Relationships in Stressful Times
       March 8 – Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life
       April 12 – Putting it All Together

Sign up or view archived webinars at www.americanagriwomen.org/webinars.

Nationwide Survey
The “Cultivating Resiliency” project, which is funded by a UMASH grant, also includes a survey to help gather data to develop future programming. Here’s the link to take the survey, which will be open soon, z.umn.edu/cultivatingsurvey

Webinar Facilitators
Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack, both of whom have agricultural backgrounds, will lead the webinars.

Reitmeier has a master’s degree in social work and over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She is CEO of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves adults, children and families in Northwest Minnesota.

Mack is a behavioral health and human services consultant, trainer and presenter and an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Mack is a licensed independent clinical social worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.