“Mending the Stress Fence,” a presentation on managing the stressors faced by farmers and agricultural professionals, will be held at Northern Michigan University on Friday, Sept. 9. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. in the Northern Center Peninsula II room. It will be about 30 minutes in length with an open discussion at the end.
NMU alumnus Remington Rice, who earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Northern in 2014, and his master's degree in 2016, will give the presentation. He works for Michigan State University Extension, an outreach program that has emerged as a national leader in tackling agricultural stress and related mental health issues.
During the colloquium Rice will help create self-awareness, and give tools and resources to deal with the stress that many farmers face in their field of work.
MSU Extension also has programs to help farmers suffering from mental illness, including teletherapy programs, weekly “Lunch Breaks” on Facebook Live to help farmers and their families, and free online resources.
The event is a part of the NMU Psychological Science colloquium series. Admission is free. For more information on the colloquium, click here.