As part of it’s efforts to provide resources to help address farmer mentla health wellness, the Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care. The first session was hosted on Wednesday, July 29th. Five additional sessions are scheduled this summer through early fall. There is not cost to attend. These training sessions are part of several farmer mental health initiatives funded through Governor Tony Evers 2019-21 biennial budget.
Dates of the remaining QPR virtual trainings are:
- Tuesday, Aug 11, 2:00-4:00pm
- Thursday, Aug 27, 3:00-5:00pm
- Wednesday, Sept 9, 2:00-4:00pm
- Monday, Sept 21, 7:30-9:30pm
- Thursday, Oct 1, 3:30-7:30pm
All of the sessions will be facilitated by Jeff Ditzenberger, a certified QPR trainer and agriculture mental health advocate, farmer and member of many ag-related organizations.
The WIsconsin Farm Center works one-on-one with farmers and their families during all phases of teh farm life cycle, including start-up, growth, financial hardship, generational succession, and retirement. Services are free and confidential. Farmers and agribusinesses can contact the center’s toll free Helpline at 1-800-942-2474 or visit the DATCP website.