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Farm Safety, Health, and Wellness Resource: Mental Health Case Studies - The Cooper Family Story



Authors as Published

Haley Adducci, Occupational Therapy Student, Mary Baldwin University; Hannah Coffey, Occupational Therapy Student, Mary Baldwin University; Laura Ashley Samuels, Physical Therapy Student, Mary Baldwin University; Jessica Wyker, BS, SPT; Garland Mason, Graduate Research Assistant Department of Agricultural Leadership, Community, and Education, Virginia Tech; and Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Community, and Education, Virginia Tech

This publication is available in a PDF file format only.

These case studies are tools to help extension agents and other health care professionals identify common stressors among the farming community. Our case studies aim to bring awareness to problems Virginia farmers face and to promote appropriate problem-solving in coping with mental health issues. We hope the farming community will utilize these tools to build their knowledge about mental health and the mental health resources available to them. Our goal is to educate farmers, farm families, and extension professionals about farm stress and mental health resources in order to improve mental health within the farming community. We have incorporated discussion questions throughout the case studies to allow readers to practice applying their knowledge of stressors, symptoms, appropriate referrals and treatment strategies.

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Publication Date

February 12, 2020