INDIANAPOLIS — AgrIInstitute is hosting a seminar about mental health awareness in rural communities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The event will include a trade show, discussion groups and several speakers discussing important health-related topics.

“Mental health issues are impacting our agricultural and rural communities each and every day,” said Beth Archer, executive director of AgrIInstitute. “Increased understanding of the impact, resources and ways to overcome this impact is needed.

“Together, we must seek to be better informed and discover solutions to support our farm families and rural communities. We can do more to engage and advocate to restore health and hope in the heartland.”

The goal for the program is to increase awareness of the importance of addressing mental health issues, understand the impact of stress factors and identify ways to support at-risk individuals.

“Our hope is to elevate the importance of the need for easily accessible resources to support agricultural and rural communities,” Archer said.

Michael Rosmann, a farmer and psychologist from Harlan, Iowa, will be the keynote speaker at the event. He will give a presentation titled “Help for farmers in the heartland.”

His professional work has contributed to the understanding of why people farm, their unique behavioral health issues and why suicide is unusually common among farmers.

Anyone interested in the health of their community is welcome to attend.

Farmers, farm family members, ag businesses, state and county officials, first responders, health care providers and the faith community are encouraged to register.

The cost to register for the symposium is $35 per person. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Learn more about the event at www.healingtheheartland.org.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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